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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.

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. 

  • 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.

Students working in groups
  • 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!
  • 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.  

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

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