2012 - 2013 French Program (FREN)

Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Minor | Additional Requirements for Spanish and French | Examinations | Course Descriptions


The French Program offers a minor in French. This program is designed to help students deepen their sensitivity of language in its everyday and artistic forms and to understand cultures other than their own.

Entering students wishing to continue with a foreign language studied elsewhere are assigned to appropriate courses on an as-needed basis through placement tests and interviews (by appointment with Language Faculty). Students who have completed one or two years of high school language study are usually eligible for FREN 111. Students who have completed three or more years of high school level language are specifically excluded from FREN 110 and FREN 111. Therefore, faculty may initially place an incoming student in a 200-level course, if prior study reached an intermediate level. Placement does not reduce, however, the total number of hours needed for major or minor requirements in foreign language.

Program Requirements

A maximum of 12 external hours (transfer, CLEP, Prior Learning, Challenge test, or other external language exams) may be applied toward the minor (see Additional Requirements and Procedures below). French 110 is not counted toward the minor.

Academic Minor*

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 12
FREN 111 French II 4
FREN 220 French III 4
FREN 221 French IV 4
II. Electives 8
Additional 300- or 400-level courses 8

*Students wishing to minor in French are advised that, due to the size and staffing of the Language Department, many language courses have only one section in a given semester. Night students wishing to minor in French are asked to note that most of the language classes are not offered in the evenings and must be taken as day classes. For further information and advising please see the chair of the Language Department or French faculty.

Additional Academic Requirements and Procedures for the French Program

Note: Please consult your individual academic major listings in this catalog for any language requirement under their governance.

Native Fluency--Students demonstrating native fluency in a language other than English may request and receive upon proper documentation a waiver for the foreign language requirement for the major (see Language Department, START Center, or Registrar's Office for proper procedure). No credit, however, is awarded for this waiver.

Transfer Credit--Only a maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred toward the Spanish or French minor. Transfer credit may apply toward the 16 hours foreign language required for the International Business degree. Transfer hours beyond the 12-hour minor limit may apply toward total hours for graduation (see the Registrar's Office for details).


CLEP--the CLEP exam is a national standardized test of listening/reading comprehension in French. Westminster students successfully passing this exam receive up to a maximum of 12 semester credit hours equivalent to FREN 110, 111, and 220.

Note: Only partial CLEP credit may be awarded if student has already applied transfer or other credit toward the French minor or International Business degree. Students should also remember that French 110 (or the equivalent portion of the CLEP exam) does not apply toward the French minor. For International Business students, all 12 CLEP credits may apply toward the required 16 hours in foreign language.

External Foreign Language Exams--up to 12 credit hours toward the language minor or International Business degree may be obtained by successfully passing an accredited foreign language exam administered by another institution, e.g., University of Utah, BYU (contact the individual institution for exam information). It is the student's responsibility to pre-approve transfer credit with the Registrar's Office. External tests generally cover the equivalent of the first year and one-half of the second year of a language.

Challenge Examination--students who have an advanced academic ability in a subject matter may "challenge" a course for credit. (See Catalog listing and/or Language faculty for details.)

Advanced Placement (AP)--a score of 3 or higher on the French AP exam merits eight hours total to be distributed as 4 hours credit for FREN 110, and
4 hours 100T credit (valid only toward graduation but not toward the language minor).