• French Studies (Minor)

  • Overview

    The French Studies minor is offered through the Schools of Public Engagement and Parsons Paris.

    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 (i.e., Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, as well as French-speaking communities in 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.

    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 by the Schools of Public Engagement. Visit the Parsons Paris website to view course offerings in Paris that fulfill the requirements of the French Studies minor.  

    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Core RequirementsNFRN 2101 French Intermediate 1
    NFRN 2102 French Intermediate 2
    NFRN 3718 French in the Media
    NFRN 3751 Fashion Week in French
    Additional Courses

    NFRN 1101 French Introductory 1 or NFRN 1003 French Intensive 1
    NFRN 1102 French Introductory 2 or NFRN 1004 French Intensive 2
    NFRN 3731 French Popular Culture
    NFRN 3724 Advanced French for Acting and Media
    NFRN 3006 French Humor: Politics and Resistance
    NFRN 3005 French in the Media


    Learning Outcomes

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

    • Effective spoken and written communicative skills in French at the intermediate level or above in the interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational modes
    • Sufficient linguistic and cultural competency to be able to function in a French-speaking professional situation
    • Understanding of the cultural and historical development of French and Francophone cultures
    • An appreciation for similarities and differences between the student's own culture and the French and Francophone cultures


    Eighteen credits are needed for the minor; at least 12 of these credits must be earned by taking courses in the NFRN or NFLN subject codes at the 2000 level or higher.

    Students who participate in a study abroad program with partner institutions may 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.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

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