Requirements for a Minor in French
The minor in French requires six courses. For students who took FREN033 and/or FREN044 at the Claremont Colleges, these courses are among those that count toward the minor. Otherwise, six upper-division courses in French are required. FREN101 is highly recommended. Courses taken on a Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grading basis are not eligible for French minor credit. Normally no more than three upper-division courses taken through Study Abroad in a French-speaking country count for the minor unless the student is there for an entire year. Only courses taught in French count. For the minor, as for the major, courses must consider French or francophone literature, cultural history, politics, economics, geography, etc. For the minor, however, grammar courses also count.
In the second semester of the senior year, French minors are required to make a ten-minute informal presentation in French to French faculty, majors and minors, on a topic of the students’ choice dealing with French or francophone literature or culture. This usually takes place in mid-April. Students must therefore have declared their minor by April 1 of their senior year and contacted the coordinator of the French section about their intention to complete a minor, submitting the “Application for a Minor” form available on the Registrar’s website.