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Bienvenue! - Welcome to the French Program!

In addition to beginning and intermediate courses which fulfill the Language and Culture core requirement, the French Program offers a major and a minor in French, as well as several possibilities for co-majors.  

We strongly encourage students to participate in one of the many international opportunities available to them.

Major in French

A minimum of 28 credits at the 300-level or above is required for a French major. At least twelve of these credits must be completed at the University of St. Thomas.

The major normally consists of:

  • eight credits in civilization or culture,
  • eight credits in literature,
  • and eight credits in advanced language study (grammar, composition or oral-intensive), plus elective courses at the 300-level or beyond.

The department strongly encourages all students planning a major in French to spend some time (a summer, a January term, a semester or an academic year) in a French-speaking country and to participate in a French course on campus upon their return.

For administrative purposes, students will complete assessment measures at the beginning of their major (in their 300 class) and during their final semester. 

Minor in French

  • A minimum of sixteen credits at the 300-level or above is required for a French minor.
  • A minimum of eight credits in FREN must be completed at St. Thomas.

A typical minor consists of courses in the following areas:

  • Four credits in French language study at the FREN 300-level or beyond
  • Four credits in French literature
  • Four credits in French civilization
  • Four additional credits in FREN to be selected in consultation with the French faculty.

The Classroom Experience

All French section faculty members are committed to making foreign language studies a stimulating and rewarding part of the curriculum. In addition to a low student-faculty ratio (15-1), our students have access to free tutoring with knowledgeable and experienced native speakers as well as individualized academic counseling.

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Why Study French at UST?

  • Knowledge of the French language will enhance your travel abroad to the many places where French is spoken. 
  • Knowing French will increase your employment opportunities and allow you to compete effectively in today’s global economy. 
  • Studying French increases your appreciation of other people and their cultures and gives you a new perspective on your own. 
  • Learning a new language, like French, develops your critical and creative thinking skills. 
  • Proficiency in French will significantly improve your chance of being accepted to the graduate, law or business school of your choice. 
  • French is the international language of culture, opening your door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinema. 
  • French is fun!

Did you know?

  • Forty to fifty percent of all English vocabulary comes directly from French. 
  • French is spoken in over 44 countries, including half the countries in Africa. 
  • Geographically, France is the largest West European nation. 
  • More than 80 percent of France is Roman Catholic; the second largest religion is Islam. 
  • The national holiday of France is Bastille Day, July 14.  

Contact section coordinator

If you have specific questions or would like further information, please contact:

Dr. Donald Dziekowicz
Section Coordinator or call at (651) 962-5167