Minor in French

Minor in French

Barry University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages offers students interested in expanding their worldview and access to Francophone cultures the opportunity to minor in French.

Our program gives students a solid foundation in both the French language and the history, art, and culture of France and Francophone countries.

Here are some reasons why you should minor in French at Barry.

  1. Learn a widely spoken language: A primary language of diplomacy and international relations, French is the second most widely learned after English and the fifth most spoken language worldwide with 300 million speakers.
  2. Increase communication in any career path: Fluency in French will increase your career opportunities by expanding your ability to communicate with more people. Whether it is international business leaders or patients who need translators, you will be better equipped to do your job when you speak French.
  3. Enjoy small class sizes: At Barry, we offer individualized attention in small class sizes, something that will help you with the fine points of this romance language. You’ll be placed appropriately, according to your level of skill and experience with the language.
  4. Grow from personalized learning: Some courses are even offered as personalized tutorials with up to four students per group.
  5. Explore French culture: When you minor in French, you will be involved in the Studio for Languages and Cultures which presents exciting extracurricular activities. It is led by experienced filmmaker, producer, and media specialist, Yamilet Hernandez.
  6. Study in France: With this minor, there is a possibility of studying abroad in Montpellier, France. The southeastern city is mere miles from the Mediterranean Sea and features gorgeous medieval aged structures and impressive cultural facilities. Nearly one-third of the population are students at the three area universities. Even if you do not study abroad, your French minor will be very helpful when you travel to French-speaking parts of the world in the future.
  7. Expand your horizons: You will have enhanced knowledge of other French-speaking cultures, including information about their values, history, conventions, cuisine, and literature.
  8. Dig deep into French literature and culture: So much great writing, singing, philosophy and cinema has been created in French by such legends as Victor Hugo, Edith Piaf, and Jean Luc Goddard. You can explore these better when you minor in French.
  9. Enhance your higher education opportunities: Whatever you study, there are important texts and sources written and spoken in French. This minor will enable you to explore them firsthand, without translation.
  10. Prepare for work in international affairs: If you want to work in international relations, French is a working and official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, and other major organizations that craft the way our lives are lived.

Sign up for a French minor at Barry! And make sure you contact us to learn more about this amazing program. Yhernandez@barry.edu

Minor in French Requirements

A minor in French requires a minimum of 21 credit hours with a C or above. Students are placed in French classes according to their level of proficiency. The level of proficiency will be determined by Placement Test and by the Foreign Language faculty.

Up to six credits in French will be granted for CLEP upon completion of six credits in residence, according to placement.

Up to six credits in French at the 200-level will be granted to students passing the language and/or literature Advanced Placement examination with a score of 4 or higher.

Students will choose 21 credits from the following courses according to placement exam

  • FRE 101 Elementary French I
  • FRE 102 Elementary French II
  • FRE 199 Special Topics
  • FRE 203 Intermediate French I
  • FRE 204 Intermediate French II
  • FRE 250 Conversation and Composition
  • FRE 300 Special Topics
  • FRE 301 Advanced Conversation, Composition, and Grammar
  • FRE 302 Introduction to French Literary Texts
  • FRE 303 Advanced Conversation
  • FRE 305 Major French Authors I
  • FRE 306 Major French Authors II
  • FRE 317 Commercial French
  • FRE 325 Introduction to Translation
  • FRE 359 Independent Study
  • FRE 459 Independent Study
  • FRE 326 Introduction to Interpretation
  • FRE 379 Culture and Civilization
  • FRE 380 Contemporary Culture and Civilization
  • FRE 400 Twentieth-Century Cinema
  • FRE 440 Classicism
  • FRE 444 Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • FRE 445 Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • FRE 460 Contemporary Literature
  • FRE 461 Twentieth-Century Theatre