Minor in French
The French minor consists of any 15 credits (5 courses) above the elementary level in French language, literature or culture. Typically, this means two intermediate courses (FRE 201-202), plus three additional courses at the 300, 400, or 500 level. The Department offers a different upper-level course every semester. Elementary (100-level) courses do not count towards the French minor. Students may transfer up to 6 credits towards the French minor from study abroad or other universities.
Which course should I start with?
If you have studied French in high school or you speak French at home as a first or second language, you may not need to take elementary or even intermediate language courses. Consult the Department's placement guidelines or speak to a French professor to determine the level that is appropriate for you. Native speakers of French can not earn credit for elementary-level courses. Students who took the AP test in French or the CLEP test, and international students who graduated from a high school where the language of instruction was French can receive up to 6 credits that count towards a French minor. See the Department Chairperson for more information.
Why study French at Salem State?
Whether you choose to take a few classes or to complete a minor in French, the French language program at Salem will help you to develop proficiency in a language that is spoken on 5 continents, in over 40 countries, by approximately 10% of the world's population. However, the ability to communicate in French is not the only valuable aspect of French studies!
The French program at Salem State also includes the study of French and Francophone cultures and literatures, in which you will develop:
- sharp critical thinking ability
- oral and written analytical skills
- a comparative perspective on global affairs
- cross-cultural awareness and the ability to work with diverse groups of people
- a broad multidisciplinary knowledge base (including literature, history, art, politics, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, economics, and many more disciplines which intersect with French and Francophone cultures).
Summer Program in Quebec City, Canada
Earn six credits in French language and culture, beginner thru advanced levels, at Université Laval. Orientation by an SSU professor at the beginning of the program. Approximate cost (tuition, room, board) $2,500. Financial aid is available, See Dr. Blood