The minor in French provides students with the components of a well-rounded education in French: knowledge of the language (through conversation, composition, and grammar) combined with the study of literature and civilization.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete 18 credits at the 300-level or above with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: FRN

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Advanced Language Course

FREN 309Reading and Writing Skills Development (Mason Core)3
Total Credits3

Literature and Civilization

Select two from the following:6
The Making of Modern France
Francophone Identities
Introduction to French Linguistics
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core) 1
Total Credits6

This course is taught in English but does not count against the 1-course limit on electives taught in English.


Select three electives in FREN at the 300 level or above 19
Total Credits9

One elective course in English may be applied to the minor. This may be chosen from FREN 325 Major French Writers (Topic Varies) (Mason Core) or FREN 329 Problems of Western Civilization in French Literature (Mason Core), or from a FRLN or non-MCL course with approval. Students choose electives in consultation with an advisor.