French (Minor)

French (Minor)
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What is French?

The French minor lets you gain a command of the language while exploring French and Francophone literature, film and other cultural productions. You’ll learn about historical and contemporary civilization in a number of French-speaking countries, acquiring a deeper understanding of French heritage and the cultures that make up the Francophone world. Students from a wide variety of majors in social sciences, humanities, fine arts, business, health and human services, and life sciences find that the skills and content knowledge developed through completing a minor in French complements their academic majors and enhances opportunities for their future domestic or international careers.

Why study French at UNH?

While studying French at UNH, you’ll work closely with dedicated and caring faculty who will get to know you well. Our department maintains highly recommended semester and year-long study abroad programs through the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. Co-curricular activities on campus include a French language conversation hour, an active French language club and opportunities for independent research.

Potential career areas

  • Business
  • Diplomacy/foreign service
  • Education/language teaching
  • Gastronomy
  • Government and non-governmental organizations
  • Hospitality industry
  • Journalism/writing
  • Law/international law
  • Social services
  • Sustainability/conservation
  • Tourism

Curriculum & Requirements

The minor in French provides students with the components of a well-rounded education: a solid understanding of grammar and pronunciation, intercultural awareness, exposure to Francophone literatures and cultures, and a sufficient command of the language to enhance their chosen field of study, and countless career opportunities across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including government, international development, journalism, law, communications and business.

Students in the French minor program at UNH are encouraged to complete some portion of their undergraduate study abroad through the Study Abroad in Dijon. Given the increasing globalization of our world, living abroad enhances cross-cultural awareness, competency, and adaptability. Students find that living and studying abroad expands their perspective, improves critical thinking, increases independence and better prepares them for a career in an increasingly global marketplace.

A minor in French consists of 20 credits in French courses numbered FREN 503 Intermediate French I and above.

Select 5 French courses numbered 503 and above20
Total Credits20
  • No fewer than three courses have to be taken at UNH. 
  • No more than one course conducted in English (e.g., FREN 525 A Road Trip Through France: Baguette, Brie, Bordeaux, and Beyondwill be counted toward the minor, although students may elect to take more than one such course provided they earn more than 20 credits. 
  • Those entering the minor at FREN 504 Intermediate French II or higher will be expected to complete FREN 651 Love, War, and Power in French Literature or FREN 652 Greatest Hits of French.
  • After completing the five required courses, students submit a Certification of Completion of Minor form.

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