French Studies (Minor)

French Studies (Minor)

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What is French studies?

The French Studies minor lets you hone your communication skills and explore aspects of French and Francophone culture through interdisciplinary inquiry. You’ll learn about literature,and historical and contemporary civilization in a number of French-speaking countries, acquiring a deeper understanding of French heritage and the variety of 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 studies complements their academic majors and enhances opportunities for their future domestic or international careers.

Why study French studies 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


Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
210L Murkland Hall
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Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-4005

Curriculum & Requirements

Students who minor in French or French studies learn to perfect their communications skills, explore works of imaginative literature in French, and investigate dimensions of historical and contemporary civilization and culture in one or more French-speaking countries.

The minor in French studies consists of 20 credits numbered FREN 503 Intermediate French I or 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 (FREN 525 A Road Trip Through France: Baguette, Brie, Bordeaux, and Beyond ) will be counted toward the minor. 
  • Students 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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