The French Minor

  • 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).


    Required Lower Division Course:
    FREN-250, French IV (4 Units)

  • 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 (4 Units)

    FREN-330, Writing about Literature (4 Units)

    Students also must choose THREE French Courses from the following:

    FREN-310, French Pronunciation and Conversation (4 Units)

    FREN-320, French Cinema and French Society: 1900 to the Present (4 Units)

    FREN-347, Race, Gender and Power in Francophone Literature (4 Units)

    FREN-351, Early Modern French Cultures (4 Units)*

    FREN-352, Modern French Cultures (4 Units)*

    FREN-360, Business and Technical French (4 Units)

    FREN-370m, Equality and Difference around the Enlightenment

    FREN-381, Studies in a French or Francophone Author (4 Units)

    FREN-383, French Women Writers (4 Units)

    FREN-385, Colloquium: French Literature (4 Units, Max 8 Units)

    FREN-386, Autobiographical Writing (4 Units)

    FREN-400, Twentieth Century France (4 Units)

    FREN-410, Actualités Françaises (Paris Semester only) (4 Units)

    FREN-432, French Theatre (Paris Semester only) (4 Units)

    FREN-445, Studies in Gender and Feminism, (4 Units)

    FREN-446, Contemporary French Thought (4 Units, Max 8 Units)

    FREN-447, Decadence (4 Units)

    FREN-449, Studies in French Civilization (Paris Semester only)

    FREN-464, Colloquium: French Civilization (4 Units, Max 8 Units)

    FREN-470, Readings in Medieval & Renaissance French Literature, (4 Units)

    FREN-471, Readings in 17th Century French Literature (4 Units)

    FREN-472, Readings in 18th Century French Literature (4 Units)

    FREN-473, Readings in 19th Century French Literature (4 Units)

    FREN-474, Readings in 20th Century French Literature (4 Units)

    FREN-499, Special Topics (2-4 Units, Max 8 Units

    *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 or 213-740-3800, for more information and specific degree requirements.

    To view the current Schedule of Classes for French, click here