May 18, 2024  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor in Francophone Studies


The Interdisciplinary minor in Francophone Studies allows students to learn about the great diversity that exists in the 29 countries around the world where French is an official language.  Students obtaining this minor will combine beginning or intermediate language study with coursework in history, political science, culture, film, and literature from Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, the Maghreb, and Western and Central Africa.

Because the program requires only one year of French language study, this minor is open to students in many different majors; it is especially suggested for students in History, Political Science, Sociology, Art, Television, Film, and Media Studies, Pan-African Studies, Business, Spanish, and English, and for students interested in working for international companies or organizations that operate in countries such as France, Belgium, Canada, Haiti, and the 24 countries in Africa where French is either an official language or a de facto second language.

Program Requirements

A total of 17 units is required.  Students with previous French knowledge or study should consult faculty for proper placement.  Other elective courses in French may be substituted with departmental approval.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate successfully with native speakers of the target language in a limited range of contexts (personal, familiar topics) on at least the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Intermediate Low level.
  2. Describe some aspects of French and Francophone cultures.  Analyze differences between these cultures and student’s own.  Understand and be able to explain basic historical or current cultural characteristics of some countries in which French is spoken.
  3. Analyze historical, political, cultural, or literary aspects of some Francophone countries.  Apply this analysis to student’s major field of study or area of personal interest.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with library and information technology as part of a well-rounded education in the Humanities, and exploit such technology to find resources in French or about Francophone countries and cultures.