• French Studies (Minor)

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    The French Studies minor is offered through Parsons Paris and through the Schools of Public Engagement, on the university’s New York City campus.

    A minor in French Studies provides an opportunity for students to supplement their academic major through focused coursework in the language, literature, and civilization of the French and Francophone world (in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the United States).

    French Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study, drawing on a broad range of courses in language, literature, film, history, and politics. The knowledge and skills gained from this minor can complement any program of study, deepening students’ global competencies, cross-cultural perspectives, and awareness of a range of important cultural and social issues.

    Eighteen credits are needed for the minor, as outlined in the table below; at least 12 of these credits must be earned by taking courses in the PLFR subject codes at the 2000 level or higher.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    The table below shows courses offered at Parsons Paris. Visit the New School website to view course offerings on the university campus in New York City that fulfill the requirements of the French Studies minor.  

    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Core RequirementsAPFR 2111 French Intensive 3
    APFR 2121 French Intensive 3.5
    APFR 2504 Parlons Cinema
    APFR 2503 Parlons Français
    APFR 2505 Chic, Mode et Esthétique dans la Littérature Française
    Additional CoursesAPFR 1111 French Intensive 1:0 — Beginners
    APFR 1121 French Intensive 1:5
    APFR 1112 French Intensive 2

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Spoken and written communication skills at the intermediate level or above in French in the interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational modes
    • Sufficient linguistic and cultural competency for functioning in a French-speaking professional situation
    • Understanding of the cultural and historical development of French and Francophone cultures
    • An appreciation of similarities and differences between students’ own culture and the French and Francophone cultures


    Parsons Paris students should speak with a Student Success advisor to define pathways to completion, including courses offered in New York City or online.

    Students who participate in a study abroad program with partner institutions can apply some of their coursework toward requirements for the minor in French Studies.

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Marie-Christine Massé, coordinator of French Studies, at massem@newschool.edu or 212.229.5676.

    How to Declare or Change a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

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