Major or Minor in French

Why Minor in French?

A French minor signifies competence in the language, which is important for jobs in many fields in our global economy. It also prepares students for travel in French-speaking countries (there are 29 of them) and is a useful supplement to majors where original sources are in French (political science, history, economics, fine arts, etc.). After completing the College of Arts & Sciences foreign language requirement of 4 semesters of French, only 4 more courses are required to complete a French minor. Two courses from study abroad may count toward the minor. The French minor is both useful and relatively easy to obtain!

French Minor Requirements

Students must complete 15 credit hours of course work taught in French past the third semester, including:

  • 3 credit hours of F250, or 4 credit hours of F265
  • F300 (Must be taken on the Bloomington campus)
  • 9 additional credit hours of 300-400 level courses including:
    • at least one course from the following: F305, F306, F361, F362, F363, F375
    • at least one course from the following: F313, F314, F315, F316
  • Two courses at the 300-400 level must be taken on the Bloomington campus, and one of these two courses must be F300. If F250 is satisfied through a placement exam and validation course then the student must take three courses at the 300-400 level on the Bloomington campus (one of which must be F300)
  • A grade of C- or better must be earned in a course for it to count towards the minor credit requirements

Students should also note:

  • If your first IU French course is F250 or a 300 level course, you may be eligible for Special Credit. Check our "Placement and Permissions" page for details.
  • No courses taught in English may count toward the French minor. No credit in the minor will be given for those courses listed in the Bulletin as carrying no credit toward the major. In fulfilling the above requirements, students must also meet all other College requirements for minors (2018-2019).

Declaring a French Major, Minor or Certificate

Students wishing to declare a major or minor in French or a Certificate in Global French are required to meet with our Director of Undergraduate Studies in French.

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Professor Barbara Vance

Director of Undergraduate Studies in French | (812) 855-1952 | GA 3171

Office Hours:
Wednesdays drop in advising: 12-2pm (undergrad.)
2-4pm (course advising)
Friday 9:15-12:00 by appt. only
sign up sheet outside of 3171 or
Email to make an appt.

Contact Prof. Vance for advice on French courses, declaring a major or minor, Certificate in Global French and transferring French credits from study abroad or from another university.

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