College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences


Minor in French

The official working language (with English) of many international organizations, including the UN, French has a long history as the lingua franca of diplomacy, culture and the arts worldwide. Large parts of Africa and the Americas speak French  today. French political involvement in Russia, Latin America, Western Europe, North America, parts of Africa, and parts of Southeast Asia has decisively influenced the cultures and politics of these regions. French cuisine, literature, music, dance, and political philosophy have shaped the modern world. Because of this history, the French minor complements many fields, from Hospitality Management to History, Political Science, Art History, International Business and beyond.


One year of elementary college level French (FL 101, 102, and 103) or the equivalent (two years of high school French, etc.) is required for admission in to the minor.

Lower Division French Courses

  • FL 201 Intermediate French Grammar
  • FL 202 Intermediate French Reading
  • FL 203 Intermediate French Composition & Conversation       

Upper Division French Courses

  • FL 307 French Civilization
  • FL 308 Contemporary France
  • FL 309 Intro to the Literature of the French speaking World

The CSU French Consortium

A selection of upper division courses is available online via the French Consortium, an organization of four CSU campuses that delivers upper division French courses to member campuses. An online French Consortium course may be substituted for any of the upper division courses to satisfy requirements for the minor in French.