Earn a minor in French

Minor in French Studies

According to the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), there are about 274 million French speakers around the world.

  • French is the fifth most common language globally and, together with English, it is the only language spoken on all five continents.
  • French is the fourth most common language used on the web.
  • Of citizens represented among IOF member countries, 60 percent of French speakers are under 30 years old. About 49 million people around the world are learning French as a foreign language.

Why choose a minor French studies at Marian?

Earning a minor in French studies at Marian University will enable you to explore the language, literature, and culture of France and the Francophone world.

Indianapolis has a number of connections to French business and cultural organizations.

  • In 2014, French billionaire Vincent Bollore launched BlueIndy, an electric car-sharing service that is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. In fact, Marian University is one of several BlueIndy hubs across the City of Indianapolis. 
  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway attracts a number of French auto fans as well as professional IndyCar racers, like Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais.
  • Alliance Francaise d'Indianapolis offers language instruction as well as internship opportunities for students.

Take one French course and get credit for up to three

If you studied French in high school, talk to Dr. Martine Camblor about how you can earn up to 11 credits.

  • Complete Marian University's Language Placement Test before you attend your Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) session.
  • If you test into FRE 102 or higher, register and complete one of our French courses with a "C" or better.
  • You will earn credit for that course in addition for back credits for two or three courses. 

Don't lose what you learned in high school! If you want to earn a minor in French at Marian University, take the required courses during your freshman and sophomore years, if possible.​

What will you study?

To earn a minor in French at Marian, you will complete 18 credits above the 100-level determined in consultation with your academic advisor.

You'll complete courses such as:

  • Readings in contemporary French culture
  • France: The story of a nation
  • France and the French today
  • Cinema: Experiment, Technique, and Art
  • Survey of French Literature
  • Intermediate French

What career paths are available?

Being fluent in French will give you more career options after graduation. It pairs very well with bachelor's degrees in fields like the arts and sciences, business, and education.

Arts and sciences

Depending on your plan of study and your career goals, earning a minor in French can be useful for:

  • Foreign service officers who work in international affairs, government relations, immigration, diplomatic, economic, and policy-making operations.
  • Journalists and foreign correspondents who report on foreign affairs, trade, and diplomatic relations.
  • Humanitarian aid workers and healthcare professionals, especially those who serve in African countries.
  • Professional athletes, including auto racers and cyclists.


As it relates to business, French is the second most common language for business spoken in the European Union.

  • French-speaking countries account for about 20 percent of the world's trade.
  • Globally, French ranks third as the most frequently spoken language for international business.
  • In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked French the third-most useful language for business (after English and Mandarin Chinese).

Teaching licensure

If your career goal is to teach French in high school or educational settings, learn more about our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Secondary Education.

For more information

Martine Camblor
Assistant Professor of French
Director of the Language Center and Language Placement testing

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