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 at the intermediate level or above in the Interpersonal, Interpretative and Presentational modes
    • Sufficient linguistic and cultural competency to be able to function in a French-speaking professional situation
    • Understanding of the cultural and historical development of French and Francophone cultures
    • An appreciation for similarities and differences between students' own culture and the French and Francophone cultures


    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Core Requirements* NFRN 2101 French Intermediate 1
    NFRN 2102 French Intermediate 2
    NFRN 2011 French Grammar & Composition 1
    NFRN 3011 French Grammar & Composition 2
    NFRN 3101 French Advanced 1
    NFRN 3102 French Advanced 2
    NFRN 3718 French in the Media
    NFRN 3751 Fashion Week in French
    12 credits
    Additional Courses NFRN 1101 French Introductory 1 or 
    NFRN 1003 French Intensive 1
    NFRN 1102 French Introductory 2 or 
    NFRN 1004 French Intensive 2
    6 credits

    *Requirements are in effect as of the fall 2016 semester.

    18 credits are needed for the minor ,and at least 12 credits of the 18 must be earned by taking courses in the NFRN or NFLN subject codes at the 2000 level or higher.

    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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