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Value of a Minor

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with a minor? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing an undergraduate minor, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.
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Why Pursue a Minor in French

Adding a minor in French is a great way to complement your professional goals or to pursue your passion for a new language. Students will learn to speak, read, write, and listen in French, while gaining insight into French history and culture. French is the official language of many international organizations, such as the United Nations, UNESCO, and NATO. Becoming proficient in the language can open up opportunities for careers in diplomacy, business, translation, international relations, teaching, etc. Companies in the United states are also in need of French proficient employees, giving you the opportunity to fill this place in the job market.

What You'll Study

Immerse yourself in the French language with UTSA’s French Club, department-led study abroad trips, and semester-long studies at French universities! Students can also gain real-world experience through internships with the International School of San Antonio, the Villa Albertine, or the Consulate General of France in Houston.

The minor in French welcomes students of all skill levels, ranging from beginners to heritage speakers, but some prior exposure to the language is recommended. This program is open to all majors and coursework for this minor can be applied towards your degree. Learn more about your coursework options below!

Adding a Minor

Though not required, declaring a minor is an excellent way to enhance your major area of study. A minor typically consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours), and may have additional requirements depending on the minor selected. After being admitted to UTSA and registered for classes, students can meet with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the addition of a minor to their degree plan.

Please note, students can add a minor as long as they have earned less than 75 credit hours. However, the addition of a minor may or may not delay graduation. All requirements for the minor must be met at graduation; a minor cannot be added to a student’s degree program once they graduate. Students should meet with their assigned academic advisor to understand the impacts of adding a minor to their degree plan.

This program requires the following prerequisites:

  • FRN 1014 Elementary French I
  • FRN 1024 Elementary French II
  • Alternatively, 2 years of French in High School with a final grade of C or better

Students pursuing the Minor in French will complete the following courses:

  • Intermediate French I
  • Intermediate French II
  • Advanced Language Skills

Students will also complete 9 credit hours of additional French or French-related courses.

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Program Advisor

Isabelle Hall
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Assistant Chair

Robert Watson, PhD