At University of the Cumberlands, our Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages offers two minors in French. Our minor options for a degree in French focus on the language, literature, and culture of France and will prepare you for additional studies in these areas. If you are considering a teaching career, you may want to choose a French minor leading to P-12 Certification. French minors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the French language and culture through study abroad.
- Why Minor in French?
- What Can You Do with a Minor Degree in French?
- Curriculum and Degree Requirements
- Admission Requirements
Adding a minor in French, especially in a program that can lead to P-12 Certification, can help you prepare for any number of personal and professional opportunities in your life. In your French studies, you’ll explore the language and the culture for communication skills that will increase your career flexibility and marketability. Pursue P-12 Certification to learn how to best enhance learning for younger minds, gaining skills for preparing lessons, managing classrooms, planning educational activities, and more.
In addition to preparing you for high school teaching positions, where teaching professionals averaged $61,660 annually as of 2019, your French teaching certification can help prepare you for careers in government, foreign service, business, and any other field in which knowledge of another language and culture is vital. Or you could use your degree to pursue a post-graduate degree or program to further your education. Possible career options include:
- French teacher (P-12)
- Interpreter or translator
- Librarian or researcher
- Law enforcement, ranging from local police departments to federal services
- Diplomatic position, including foreign or domestic offices
Minor in French Leading to a P-12 Certification
Each of the following is required:
- FREN 131 Elementary French I
- FREN 132 Elementary French II
- FREN 231 Intermediate French I
- FREN 232 Intermediate French II
- FREN 331 French Composition & Conversation I
- FREN 411 P-12 Content Knowledge in French
- FREN 431 Methods Teaching Foreign Language
Two or more of the following courses are required:
- FREN 332 Francophone Culture & Communication
- FREN 334 French Literature and Culture
- FREN 401 Trends and Themes in French Cinema
- FREN 490 Special Topics in French
- FREN 491* Cultural Immersion in French
- FREN 492* Independent Research in French
*requires department chair approval
In addition, 42 hours in professional education courses as required for certification eligibility.
NOTE: A student pursuing a minor leading to certification must also complete a major in another discipline to fulfill graduation requirements.
Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees.
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In addition to the overall institutional accreditation statement above, the specialized accrediting bodies related to this degree are listed below.
KDE/EPSB – State Accreditation
University of the Cumberlands' School of Education is further accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601. (502) 564-4606. Fax: (502) 564-7080.
CAEP – National Accreditation
The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands (UC) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level and advanced-level. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. UC’s School of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.
CAEP Address: 1140 19th St NW #400, Washington, DC 20036
CAEP Phone Number: (202) 223-0077
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