College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages - Minor - French

As French Minors students acquire advanced language skills as well as knowledge of diverse cultures. Students from a variety of backgrounds develop critical thinking skills and the capacity for positive interaction with people from around the world.

Course Work includes a variety of specialized classes in French and Francophone literature and culture, in addition to the core course Advanced French Grammar and Composition.

Combining a French Minor with a major such as Global Studies, Fine Arts or Engineering offers students an edge in today's competitive global market.

Opportunities for students in the minor include:

  • Live in the Language House with a native speaker of French
  • Participate in the extracurricular activities of the French Club
  • Take the faculty led Global Perspectives course to Paris
  • Study Abroad for at least one semester in a French speaking country such as France, Switzerland, Senegal...


Requirements for the Minor:

  • A minimum of 20 credits above FREN 201
  • A grade of C or higher must be earned in all courses that count toward a completion of the major
  • At least 16 credits taught in French
  • At least 12 credits must be taken on AU campus

*Please be advised all courses taken abroad or in affiliated fields (e.g. history, art history or linguistics) must be pre-approved by the minor advisor.


Recently Taught Courses Include:

  • French Film Criticism
  • Contes et nouvelles: Short Fiction in French
  • French Women Writers
  • The Art of French Translation
  • Advanced French Conversation
  • French Pronunciation and Phonetics
  • Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 18th Century
  • Survey of French Literature II: 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Le Monde Francophone
  • Les Femmes et la Justice Sociale
  • Global Perspectives: Paris (travel course)

*Please Note: This list is not exclusive and may change according to staffing and course offerings.