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Course Minors


  • Complete 5 credits in courses or seminars numbered 14 or above. Three of these credits must be completed on the Swarthmore campus. Note that AP and IB credits will not count toward the minor. FREN 16 can only count once to fulfill the minor's requirement.  French and Francophone Studies also offers courses in French literature in translation, but no more than one such course may count to satisfy the requirements in the minor.

  • Minors are strongly encouraged to complete at least a 6-week program of study in a French-speaking country.  See the Study Abroad section for more information.

  • Complete Senior Capstone (FREN 091) in the spring semester of the senior year, which includes the writing of an original, independent research paper of 20 pages on a topic chosen in discussion with the senior colloquium professor.

To graduate with a minor in French and Francophone Studies, you must have a grade average of C or better within the discipline, have studied in French-speaking country, and have completed FREN 091, Senior Capstone.

Acceptance Criteria

To be accepted as a course minor, you must have taken FREN 14 or the equivalent, earning grades no less than a C.

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