Jun 12, 2024  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024

French Minor

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For objectives and student learning outcomes, please see “French Major.”

  • A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all lower division French courses.  

  • A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be maintained in all upper division French courses. 

Minor Requirements

The French minor consists of 20 semester hours taken beyond FREN 2103 :


The FREN 2101 , FREN 2102 , FREN 2103 , and FREN 2104  series is recommended for those who seek basic proficiency in the language. This series requires attendance of a one-hour weekly language lab.

Lower division language courses (1000-2000 level) may not be challenged by exam. Students may be exempt from these courses by placing above that level through the LMU online Placement Exam for French. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all lower division French courses.

French Placement Exam

Any student who has knowledge of or has had prior instruction in French in high school or at a college or university other than LMU must take the French Placement Exam.

This requirement includes students who have taken the AP French Exam in high school. Generally, a student who receives a score of 5 or 4 on the AP French Exam (Language or Literature) places in FREN 2103 . Final placement is conditional upon the instructor’s consent in consultation with the French coordinator. Course credit will be given for FREN 2101  and FREN 2102  once the student’s official scores have been received from the College Board. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that the official AP scores have been sent to Loyola Marymount University.

To know when and how a student should take a language placement exam in French, please refer to the guidelines provided under Modern Languages and Literatures .

To complete the French minor, students need to make up FREN 2104  with an additional course in upper division if they placed in upper division courses. In the event that there are no courses in the French language, students may take MDLG 3400 MDLG 4400 , or FNLT courses, provided it is related to French language concentration, with pre-approval from the French Program Coordinator and the Department Chair.

Study Abroad

Students considering study abroad in France or a francophone country can attend the LMU Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris, France, or are advised to go for a semester either during their sophomore year (Spring semester) or junior year (Fall or Spring semester). Consult the Study Abroad Office or the French language professors for information about the LMU Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris, France, or the semester or year-long programs offered by universities that the French program endorses.

Prior to departure, students must obtain transfer credit approval for any French courses that they plan to take outside of LMU.

Although most lower-division French language courses (2000-level) will transfer to complete French major or minor pre-requisites, no more than one (1) French course will transfer for the upper-division (3000 or 4000-level) major or minor courses.

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