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Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

French Minor


The minor consists of a minimum of 5 full courses (or the equivalent).

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the minor.


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The minor prepares students to be life-long, autonomous learners and users of French, a fast-growing, global language spoken on five continents. Students develop linguistic, cultural, and communicative competence, allowing them not just to hold a conversation in French, but also to begin to think and to view the world through cultural references, attitudes, and traditions that are different from their own. Students complete the minor prepared to join an engaged, digitally connected, global community of Francophones, having gained access to the rich traditions of the francophone world and to the challenges facing it today.

Note(s) on Requirements


  • Any course dealing with the francophone world, taken at Oberlin or abroad, is eligible to count toward the minor within the limits detailed in the requirements; two half courses may count as one full course. See French minor elective courses.
    • Courses that dedicate at least 30% of the syllabus to French or francophone content may, with the chair’s approval, be counted as partial minor credit.
  • The required 400-level French course must be completed at Oberlin.
  • FREN 101 , FREN 102 , and FREN 205  are not counted toward the minor.
  • Students who enter the minor at a higher level than FREN 206  are still required to complete five full courses.

Transfer of Credit Toward the Minor


  • Two courses may be counted from approved study abroad programs or an accredited college/university.
  • Three courses, including one 400-level course, must be taken in residence.

Detailed Minor Requirements


French Minor Course Lists


French Minor Gateway Courses


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FREN 301  is the recommended gateway course for most students, but another of the listed courses may be more appropriate for students entering with advanced prior experience.

French Minor Elective Courses


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