Minor in French


Students who have previously studied French should consult with a Faculty Advisor in the French Program for placement at the proper class level. You must also see a Faculty Advisor to determine the best sequence of courses for you. Students seeking to Minor in French will meet with their Faculty Advisor and complete together a French Advising Worksheet, which will be updated each semester. Students are placed in a class on the basis of their academic background, an interview with the Faculty Advisor, or instructor of the class, and/or an on-line placement test. Lower division courses (100-200) listed for a major can be waived if the student has taken their equivalent or if sufficient knowledge and ability are demonstrated.

Placement Test

The Placement Test in French can be taken via ilearn-- please consult your advisor for further details, or go to the MLL Multimedia Center (HUM 403) to gain access to the test. There are 45 questions in the online test:
  • A grade above 40 = Student should enroll in courses beyond the prerequisites.
  • A grade above 30 = Student should enroll in FR 216
  • A grade above 20 = Student should enroll in FR 215
  • A grade above 10 = Student should enroll in FR 102
  • A grade less than 10 = Student should enroll in FR 101

Course Requirements

All upper-division courses are conducted in French and students are expected to use French in their speaking, reading, and writing.

Students must complete the lower-division sequence, or the equivalent, prior to beginning upper-division coursework. The program may waive some or all lower-division requirements if the student demonstrates appropriate competency through advising, by taking the placement test, through AP examination, or through equivalent coursework taken elsewhere. Students must pass a minimum of 15 units to successfully complete the minor. A minimum of 9 upper-division units need to be taken in residence and cannot be transferred from study abroad, or another institution. All lower-division units can be transferred, as appropriate.

Students should meet with an advisor or take the placement test prior to enrolling in their first French class. To take the online placement test, contact the French program coordinator atbmisse@sfsu.edu.



Sequence of Courses and Semesters Offered

At the lower division level, FR 101 and FR 102 are offered every semester; FR 215 is offered in the Fall and FR 216 in the Spring.

At the upper-division level, at least 2 of the 4 required courses will be offered in the Fall, and at least 2 of the 4 required courses will be offered in the Spring. Elective courses will be offered both in Fall and Spring semesters, their number may vary.

Lower division courses (Prerequisites for Major and Minor)



  • FR 101 - First Semester French (5 units)
  • FR 102 - Second Semester French (5 units)


  • FR 101 - First Semester French (5 units)
  • FR 102 - Second Semester French (5 units) †


  • FR 215 - Intermediate French part I


  • FR 216 - Intermediate French part II

Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

International Program

Students can do part of the undergraduate major degree in France. The International Program of the California State University has its French campus in Aix-en-Provence. This program has been very successful and offers the students a closely guided course-of-study in a university town and in one of the most pleasant regions of France. Students can also participate in an exchange program with universities in Paris (MICEFA), also coordinated by the office of International Programs on campus. The number of credits earned abroad that may be counted towards the major is 15 (towards the minor is 10), and determined though consultation with the appropriate French Program advisor at San Francisco State University.