French Studies Minor | Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfers

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French Studies Minor

  • A Minor in French Studies provides an opportunity for students to supplement their academic major through focused coursework in the language, literature, and civilization of the French and Francophone world (i.e., Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, as well as French-speaking communities in the United States).

    French Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study, drawing on a broad range of courses in language, literature, film, history, and politics. The knowledge and skills gained from this minor can complement any program of study, deepening students' global competencies, cross-cultural perspectives, and awareness of a range of important cultural and social issues.

    Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students interested in pursuing a deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Effective spoken and written communicative skills in French in the Interpersonal, Interpretative and Presentational modes
    • Sufficient linguistic and cultural competency as to be able to function in a French-speaking professional situation
    • A deepened understanding of cultural and historical development of French and Francophone cultures
    • An appreciation for similarities and differences between students' own culture and French and Francophone cultures


    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Core Courses NFRN 2101 French Intermediate 1
    NFRN 2102 French Intermediate 2
    NFRN 3101 French Advanced 1
    NFRN 3102 French Advanced 2
    12 credits
    Elective Courses NFRN 3714 A Rendez-vous en Francais
    NFRN 3715 La Cultura Urbaine en France
    NFRN 3737 Food Culture French Style
    NFRN 3719 A Paris, je t'aime
    NFRN 3720 Histories d'Humour
    LLSL 3503 A Madame Bovary (taught in English)
    LLSL 2361 A Major French Plays (taught in English)
    LLSL 2362 A French Novels (taught in English)
    LPHI 3116 A Philosophy of Sartre (taught in English)
    LPHI 3111 A Descartes (taught in English)
    NHUM 3046 Paris-Berlin Express: Twentieth-Century Cultural Encounters (taught in English)
    NHUM 3035 Performing Gender: Paris in the Roaring Twenties (taught in English)
    NHIS 4635 The Age of Enlightenment
    NPHI 2202 Becoming Woman: Feminist Thought Since Simone de Beauvoir (taught in English)
    LHIS 4508 Montaigne, Pascal, Descartes (taught in English)
    LLST 4401 Proust (taught in English)
    LINA 4450 A Picasso (taught in English)
    2-3 credits

    Students already beyond the intermediate French level may, upon the recommendation of the French section coordinator, substitute advanced language courses as they vary by topic to ensure completion of four courses in the study of the language.

    Students who participate in a study abroad program with partner institutions may apply some of their coursework toward requirements for the minor in French Studies.

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Marie-Christine Massé, coordinator of French Studies, at or 212.229.5676.

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