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French Minor

Did you know that by 2050 the most-spoken language in the world will be French? And, it is currently the language most translated into in the world? Spoken on five continents, French has a rich history that has affected nearly every field, from music and art to politics and business. With fluency in French you will be able to read philosophers in their native tongue, speak to people from all over the world and be more competitive on the job market. That’s right, many employers prefer individuals who can speak and write in French fluently. So study some French, and voila, the world will be yours.

Why Choose French at SU?

Our program is distinctive because we have:

  • Talented and dedicated faculty. Our professors come to Salisbury from some of the best institutions in the nation for graduate study in literature, culture and pedagogy. Many of your professors will speak three or four languages. Your classes will be taught by expert educators who are active in their respective professions.
  • Small classes with the latest technology. Class sizes in our department never exceed 20 students, allowing individual students more one-on-one time with their professors. Our dedicated language classrooms are also equipped with the latest technology available, so students get the most out of their class time.
  • Multicultural events. SU students can enjoy the French Week celebration each fall and the Cinco de Mayo festival each spring. Film festivals, language clubs, guest lectures, art exhibits and University-sponsored theme dinners all create a stimulating learning community.

Students in the French minor must earn grades of C or better in all courses taken for the minor. At least four courses of the minor must consist of courses not used to satisfy General Education requirements. A maximum of eight credits of transfer or placement credit may be applied toward the minor.

Requirements for a minor in French include five courses from the following:

  • FREN 201 Intermediate French I
  • FREN 202 Intermediate and Applied French
  • FREN 310 French Grammar and Composition
  • FREN 312 French Conversation
  • FREN 316 Francophone Culture and Civilization I


  • FREN 317 Francophone Culture and Civilization II
  • FREN 325 Francophone Culture through Literature


  • FREN 350 Masterpieces of French Literature I


  • FREN 351 Masterpieces of French Literature II

For a more in-depth study, SU also offers a French major.


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  • Foreign service officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Importer/exporter
  • International account manager
  • International banking officer
  • International business
  • International relations consultant
  • Nonprofit work
  • Proofreader
  • Study abroad coordinator/advisor
  • Tour guide/travel agent
  • Translator/interpreter

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