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Fluency in a second language is a valuable skill. French is an official language of 28 countries on five continents, including France, Canada, Belgium, Senegal and Vietnam. Learning French will allow you to converse with and better understand people throughout the world. Along with English, French is the world's most important diplomatic language. It is an official language of such organizations as the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO and the international Red Cross.

France, one of the world's largest economies, is a leader in the export of luxury goods and technology. Canada's French-speaking province of Quebec is in itself one of the largest trading partners of the United States. For this reason, French is an important language for conducting business in the United States and elsewhere. Finally, French is unsurpassed as a language of culture. Discussions about literature, art, gastronomy and fashion inevitably start from and return to France. By studying French, you will be able to experience the varied products of French culture firsthand and to travel more easily in the world's top-rated tourist destination.


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Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


2 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Romance Languages & Literatures
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


714 Old Chemistry
PO Box 210377
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0377
Carl Bryant
Phone: 513-556-1950

Student Success Factors

Students in French usually possess strong verbal skills, some facility with languages and a desire to travel and interact with other cultures.

Career Possibilities

Students in French have become:

·         Secondary education teacher

·         Instructor at colleges and universities

·         Foreign service officer

·         Translator

·         Interpreter

·         Sales representative

·         Director of marketing

·         Lawyer

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

French Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    French Minor Requirements
    • FREN3001, French Grammar and Composition, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3041, Introduction to French Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • FRENxxxx, Five FREN courses at 3000 level or above (4001 recommended.) May use 2015 and 2016 if not placed out., 15
    • FRENxxxx, Must be in discipline: FREN, 15

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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