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French Minor

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Markstein Hall, Room 257

(760) 750-4208

Veronica Añover, Ph.D.
Marion Geiger, Ph.D.

Program of Study

French is a global language and there are more than 169 million francophones (French speakers) throughout the world. French is an official language of many international organizations such as: the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Labor Bureau, the International Olympic Committee, the 31-member Council of Europe, the European Community, the Universal Postal Union, the International Red Cross, the Union of International Associations (UIA), Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières), and the PeaceCorp.

The Minor in French provides a more intense development of skills and knowledge of the French language, and of French and Francophone cultures and literatures, giving the students an opportunity to follow a course of study that will be supplementary or complementary to their majors. Not only does it give students a way to demonstrate global engagement and knowledge, but it also aims to make them more marketable in our global economy by providing them with insights and understanding of the French and Francophone world at large.

The program is designed to develop advanced communicative proficiency in all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Advanced grammar and composition courses will provide the level of proficiency mentioned above.

Students choosing to pursue a Minor in French will be introduced to the French and Francophone world and its cultural, economical, political and social issues of today through readings from the press, French TV news, movies and documentaries. The French Minor gives students a comprehensive understanding of the French and francophone culture, literature, and language developing at the same time a sense of awareness, understanding and analysis.


To fulfill the Minor in French, students must complete the following curriculum, at minimum nine (9) units. Students may apply up to six (6) units of transfer credit toward the minor. Students must earn a grade of a C (2.0) or higher in each course for the minor.

Lower-Division (9 Units)

Proficiency through


To determine equivalent, consult with French Program advisor. Students must successfully pass the French Placement Test to be granted equivalency on the desired courses. Upper-division courses cannot be challenged.

Total (18 Units)

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