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Minor in French Studies

Requirements for a Minor in French Studies at UNLV include, in addition to University and College of Liberal Arts requirements, a minimum of 18 credits of FREN coursework. These may include FREN 213 and FREN 214. The 12 remaining credits are to be at the upper division (300-400) level, six of which must be in composition and conversation.

Learning Objectives

Communication

  • Students will be able to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Students will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Students will be able to present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Cultures

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products (artifacts) and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Connections

  • Students will be able to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • Students will be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

Comparisons

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Communities

  • Students will be able to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Students will be able to show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Career Possibilities

The French Language and Business

France is one of the world’s largest economies.

France is the #1 destination for tourists. The number of people visiting France annually is greater than its population.

At least 3,000,000 Americans travel to French­speaking destinations every year. French­ speaking European countries include Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Monaco.

In over two dozen African countries, French is the official language of business and trade.

French is an official language of Canada, a major U.S. trading partner. Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, and U.S.-Canadian trade is the largest two-way trade in the world.

Over 2,400 French companies employ nearly 650,000 workers throughout the U.S.

France and the U.S. have long shared aerospace technology. French astronauts participate in U.S. space flights and the French Ariane rocket has launched American satellites.  France has the world’s second largest aeronautics industry. All U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are made by Aerospatiale in Toulouse.

France plays a major international role in medicine and science.  The greater Paris area has the highest concentration of mathematicians in the world.  The Human Genome Project is located in Paris.