The French program combines the study of French language, French-speaking cultures, cinema, and literature. The French Language minor includes coursework and offers language-acquisition experiences that enable students to become proficient in French in the areas of speaking, oral comprehension, reading, and writing. All courses for the minor are conducted in French.

Program Highlights

The French department provides engaging, interactive experiences for students interested in broadening their understanding of the French-speaking world, be it through in-class activities, informal conversation, study-abroad opportunities and/or campus events. The department sponsors a number of activities open to the wider campus community hosted by the French Club, including film showings, food events, and attendance at cultural events. Faculty-led study tours to French-speaking countries occur every two years.

Proficiency in a language used throughout the world, including France, Québec, the Caribbean, and a number of countries in Africa, will enhance the student's overall academic experience and marketability, regardless of major.

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  • 6 semester hours of Lower-Division courses
  • 12 semester hours of Upper-Division courses

*The minor in French is based on French language proficiency.  As such, students who can demonstrate proficiency beyond the 200-level may request that up to a maximum of six credits required for the minor may be waived, i.e., for FRN 201 and/or FRN 202. At least one course of those required for the minor must be taken at Saint Martin's University. Students coming to Saint Martin's with previous French language experience may take our online placement exam prior to class registration at summer orientation to see if they may take coursework at a higher level.

*Students also have the option of completing a minor in French through World Language Department-approved study abroad programs.  See Department Chair for more information.

FRN 201Intermediate French
FRN 202Intermediate French


FRN Courses

Four three-credit courses at 300 or 400 level

*These courses must be conducted in French in order to count toward the French Minor.