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Department of French and Italian

The Undergraduate Minor in French

The goal of the minor in French is to give students a solid grounding and good fluency in the French language and to provide a basic familiarity with important aspects of French and francophone culture and society. Together these accomplishments will enable students to pursue their interests in French language and in countries where French is used.

The minor is designed for students who have a strong interest in French but cannot fulfill the requirements of the French major, either because their knowledge of French was nonexistent or elementary when they came to Northwestern or because they are also engaged in another major with requirements that preclude pursuing a second major. Except for one possible course at the 300 level, minors should take all courses in French.

Students choosing to minor in French are assumed to have completed 201 or the equivalent.

Minor course requirements (9 units):

  • Up to 5 200-level courses chosen from 202, 203, either 210 or 211, and at most 2 from 271, 272, and 273.
  • At least 4 300-level courses: 2 chosen from 301, 302, 303, 305, 309, or 391; 2 other courses in literature or civilization, one of which may be a French department course taught in English (309 may be counted either as a
    language course or as a literature/civilization course)

Students returning from a study abroad program must enroll in at least 1 300-level course in the department other than 301, 302, and 303.

Current WCAS policy states that courses offered by other institutional participants in the Semester On-Line Program may count as elective credit toward graduation, but that individual departments or programs determine whether these courses count toward majors or minors. The Department of French & Italian will not credit these or any other on line courses toward the major or minor, including as related courses.

Check with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for information on specific courses.