Department of French | Faculty of Arts

French Language Minor

This program is for students who are enrolled in a degree program (other than French) and who wish to develop an in-depth knowledge of the French language. This program will be available to students with grade 12 French or with equivalent results from the French Placement test.

This program is not intended for students deemed native speakers or for students who completed grade 12 French Immersion.

This Minor in French Language cannot be combined with another Minor in French Studies.

Recommendations for the award of this minor will be made by the Department of French and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Program Information

For information about course challenge, initial FREN course selection, and the French language placement test, visit

Program Requirements

A minimum of GPA 2.0, calculated on all Simon Fraser University courses that are applied to a minor, is required for successful completion of the program.

Curriculum Requirements

Students starting at an introductory level must complete the requirements leading to FREN 210 before taking the courses required for the Minor. This may include a placement test, completing other lower division coursework, or a combination of the placement test and coursework. Please refer to the Academic calendar.

Students will have to complete the 12 lower division units and 15 upper division units required to obtain the Minor in French Language.

Lower Division

The following required courses are taken in sequence.

Lower Division: written

FREN 211 - Intermediate French II (3)

FREN 221 - French Writing I (3)

FREN 222 - French Writing II (3)

Lower Division: oral

one of

FREN 215 - Intermediate French: Oral Practice (3)


FREN 217 - French Pronunciation through Drama (3)

Upper Division

One required course

FREN 301W - Advanced French Composition (3)

and three of the following courses

FREN 300 - Advanced French: Oral Practice (3)

FREN 304 - Advanced French Grammar (3)

FREN 307 - The Right Word: Advanced Vocabulary and Translation (3)

FREN 407W - Language in Translation: A Contextual Approach to French (3)

and one of the following courses

FREN 330 - Francophone World (3)

FREN 352 - French and Francophone Cultures through Films and/or Media Texts (3)

Please note that FREN 304-3 is a prerequisite for FREN 407W-3.

Course Exemptions

*It is possible to obtain exemption, up to a maximum of 12 units, from lower division French language courses by being placed in a more advanced French language course (Placement test). Students who gain, or hope to gain, course exemption should consult the advisor early.

Transfer Credits

Approved transfer credits for French courses completed at another post-secondary institution (subject to University transfer credits regulations) up to maximum of 6 units.

Note: A minimum of 15 upper division units is required, 9 of which must be taken within the department.