French
Minor

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Overview


The Minor in French seeks to develop a broader understanding of Francophone cultures through their primary manifestation: language. In addition to improving the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, our courses expose students to historical, literary, and social artifacts of French-speaking cultures. Students can also join the French Club with opportunities to promote and share Francophone cultures. You can also eat lunch weekly at the French Table and converse with native speakers, fellow students, and community members. Students enrolled in intermediate and upper level classes (4th semester and above) meet weekly with a French native speaker for a one-on-one half hour conversation session. We also encourage all French minors to study abroad. You can opt for a shorter faculty-led trip, or you can choose an exchange program that lets you study abroad for a summer, semester, or entire year. PSU has exchanges with sister universities around the world that allow PSU students to PSU pay tuition while they study abroad. The Minor in French is a good option if you want to learn French but cannot fit the French major into your schedule.

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  • Career or Continuing Education Options
  • Research Opportunities
  • Retro-Credits Program
  • About the Department

With an emphasis on language and critical thinking, a French minor prepares students for careers with an international focus. Some students choose French as a minor to complement a career in voice performance, business, law, or social and health services, but a French minor complements any major degree program.

Students have the opportunity to work with their professors to develop research projects and deliver presentations at national conferences.

The Modern Languages Retro-credits Program rewards students for their significant prior language experience, such as high school coursework or language spoken at home. Students who desire credit for language proficiency they acquired before coming to PSU should consult with Modern Languages faculty.

Retro-Credits Information Sheet (PDF)

The Department of English and Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree program. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs are offered in English and in Modern Languages. A Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s program are also offered in English. The department offers minors in English, English Teaching, Creative Writing, French, Professional Writing, and Spanish.

About English and Modern Languages Department


The Department of English and Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree program. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs are offered in English and in Modern Languages. A Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s program are also offered in English. The department offers minors in English, English Teaching, Creative Writing, French, Professional Writing, and Spanish.

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