Frequently Asked Questions

French Minor

What is a minor?

A minor is one of three ways to complete the Arts and Sciences requirement for a related area (a student can also do this by completing 12 credits in a program other than his or her major field(s) of study, or by completing a formal certificate). It is a short program of study formally established by the granting department and program, and is made up of a number of required courses and a required credit total.

Students must maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA in the required minor courses, and though they may pursue more than one minor, only one will appear on the student’s official transcript.

The French minor gives students the option of choosing between two fields of study, French Language and Literature, and French Studies.

Do you have to declare a minor?

Students should declare their Arts and Sciences minor in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center in Thackeray Hall 140.

Who approves the minor?

There is no need to obtain formal approval while pursuing the French minor, as long as a student follows the guidelines for required courses and credit totals.  However, students should feel free to contact the French major advisors with questions regarding any unusual circumstances (i.e., transfer or Study Abroad credits that might not correspond to the stated requirements).

Can you do more than one option?

No.  Students are given two options to help them tailor their French minor to other needs, but a student may only obtain the French minor once.