The minor in French trains students to acquire proficiency in the French language and to familiarize them with various aspects of French culture. In addition to language skills, the minor offers students the opportunity to choose from a number of stimulating courses in the literature, art, cinema, and history of France or the Francophone world, particularly Francophone Africa and the Francophone Caribbean Islands. Students may choose to fulfill some of the requirements with an exciting period of study in Paris (semester or year), or with our summer program in the history-rich town of Dijon in Burgundy.
Students majoring in international relations, theatre, cinema-television, music, communications, comparative literature and business, among other fields, will find the French minor very enriching. Whether it directly connects with their major or acquaints them with areas of the world unknown to them, a French minor will add an international dimension to their education, as well as provide them with the opportunity to develop themselves on a personal level.
French Language Placement Examination:
Students who have studied French in high school or at another institutions prior to attending USC are required to take a placement test that is administered by the Language Center (Third Floor, Taper Hall), Click here for the Schedule of Placement Exams. Credit is given only for course work taken above the level of proficiency determined by the examination. Students may retest every six months, results are valid for one calendar year. Students with no record of previous instruction in French are not required to take the placement examination and should enroll in first semester French (FREN 120).
COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRENCH MINOR
Required Lower Division Course:
• FREN 250 French IV
Required Upper Division Courses: (5 Courses Total)
Required Core Courses:
To fulfill this requirement, students must take these TWO Courses:
• FREN 300 French Grammar and Composition
• FREN 330 Critical Writing in French
Students also must choose THREE French Courses from the following:
• FREN 310 Media French
• FREN 320 French Cinema
• FREN 330 Critical Writing in French
• FREN 347 Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature
• FREN 351 Introduction to Research in French and Francophone Cultures
• FREN 360 Business and Technical French
• FREN 370gm Equality and Difference around the Enlightenment
• FREN 373 Remembering Loss, Writing Memory
• FREN 375mw Global Narratives of Illness and Disability
• FREN 382 Paris Avant-Gardes
• FREN 383 French Women Writers
• FREN 390 Special Problems
• FREN 392 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies
• FREN 393 Seminar in French Thought and Theory
• FREN 401 Studies in Early Modernity
• FREN 402 Studies in Modernity
• FREN 403 Studies in Colonialism and Postcolonialism
• FREN 404 Studies in an Author
• FREN 410 Actualités Françaises
• FREN 432 French Theatre
• FREN 445 Studies in Gender, Feminism and Sexuality
• FREN 446 Contemporary French Thought
• FREN 448m France and Islam
• FREN 449 Studies in French Civilization
• FREN 464 Colloquium: French Civilization
• FREN 490x Directed Research
• FREN 499 Special Topics
*FREN 310 and FREN 360 may not both be taken for credit towards the minor in French.
No more than one upper-division elective class that is conducted in English may be counted for the minor in French.
These requirements are excerpted from the USC Catalogue. The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.
Please contact Ms. Josephine Le, the department advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-821-4316 for more information and specific degree requirements; for further information on Undergraduate Studies in French and Italian, please contact Dr. Beatrice Bennett at email@example.com or 213 740 3703.