Bienvenue! - Welcome to the French Program!
In addition to beginning and intermediate courses which fulfill the Language and Culture core requirement, the French Program offers a major and a minor in French, as well as several possibilities for co-majors.
We strongly encourage students to participate in one of the many international opportunities available to them.
A minimum of 28 credits at the 300-level or above is required for a French major. At least twelve of these credits must be completed at the University of St. Thomas.
The major normally consists of:
- eight credits in civilization or culture,
- eight credits in literature,
- and eight credits in advanced language study (grammar, composition or oral-intensive), plus elective courses at the 300-level or beyond.
The department strongly encourages all students planning a major in French to spend some time (a summer, a January term, a semester or an academic year) in a French-speaking country and to participate in a French course on campus upon their return.
For administrative purposes, students will complete assessment measures at the beginning of their major (in their 300 class) and during their final semester.
- A minimum of sixteen credits at the 300-level or above is required for a French minor.
- A minimum of eight credits in FREN must be completed at St. Thomas.
A typical minor consists of courses in the following areas:
- Four credits in French language study at the FREN 300-level or beyond
- Four credits in French literature
- Four credits in French civilization
- Four additional credits in FREN to be selected in consultation with the French faculty.
All French section faculty members are committed to making foreign language studies a stimulating and rewarding part of the curriculum. In addition to a low student-faculty ratio (15-1), our students have access to free tutoring with knowledgeable and experienced native speakers as well as individualized academic counseling.
- Knowledge of the French language will enhance your travel abroad to the many places where French is spoken.
- Knowing French will increase your employment opportunities and allow you to compete effectively in today’s global economy.
- Studying French increases your appreciation of other people and their cultures and gives you a new perspective on your own.
- Learning a new language, like French, develops your critical and creative thinking skills.
- Proficiency in French will significantly improve your chance of being accepted to the graduate, law or business school of your choice.
- French is the international language of culture, opening your door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinema.
- French is fun!
- Forty to fifty percent of all English vocabulary comes directly from French.
- French is spoken in over 44 countries, including half the countries in Africa.
- Geographically, France is the largest West European nation.
- More than 80 percent of France is Roman Catholic; the second largest religion is Islam.
- The national holiday of France is Bastille Day, July 14.