A minor is an optional component of a student’s degree that will be reflected on the student’s transcript. Minors are an excellent way for students to customize their learning experience and craft a degree program that is uniquely theirs. Students can even earn multiple minors to supplement a bachelor's degree. For example, students pursuing a degree in interpersonal communication might find that a minor in sociology is an excellent pairing, while a student pursuing a degree in public administration might add a minor in sustainability issues to help create a cleaner, greener future. And in some cases, employers offer bonuses or higher salaries to employees who have a foreign language minor.
A French minor means more than just learning another language. As with all programs in the Department of Modern Languages, the French minor also instructs students on the culture and literature of the region. In addition, studies have found that students who are skilled in foreign languages actually use those same language skills to learn computer science. Of course, French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and much of the world’s culture, art, history and philosophy was originally written in French. This minor complements degrees in education, history, literature, business, and humanities particularly well.
A French minor complements a range of majors in both the College of Liberal Arts and elsewhere in the university. Some of these are:
- International Relations
- Strategic Communication
- Public Administration
- Computer Science