French and Francophone Studies, Minor

French and Francophone Studies introduces students to the full span of historical and cultural traditions from France and the French-speaking world. Languages courses - from introductory to advanced - promote linguistic fluency, building on the skills students have acquired in high school or at Penn. Upper-level seminars explore a range of topics pertaining to literature, history, visual arts, and/or the media, and they offer majors and minors the opportunity to engage in research on French and global Francophone cultures across periods into contemporary times.

Minor Requirements 1
Core Requirements 2
FREN 1212Advanced French Grammar and Composition1
or FREN 1214 Advanced French Conversation and Composition
Select one of the following:1
French History and Culture to 1774
French History and Culture 1789-1945
Contemporary France
Le français dans le monde/French in the World
Perspectives in French Literature: Love and Passion
Perspectives in French Literature: The Individual and Society
Select 4 course units of Electives at 2000 and 3000 level courses 34
Total Course Units6

At least 3 courses must be taken in the department at Penn. ALL courses must be taken in French.


Must be taken in the Department at Penn.


At least one must be taken in the Department at Penn.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.