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World Languages: French


Education in the French language provides insight into the literature and culture of France. It also gives students knowledge of a language that enables them to work and travel in areas of the world where French is spoken.

French is one of the most global languages. It is widely spoken by over 200 million people on 5 continents. It is an important language for business, diplomacy, and education, from Africa, across Europe, to Quebec. Canada is Minnesota's largest foreign trading partner, and 25% of Canada's population is native French speaking.

France is at the forefront of the research in medicine, aeronautics, and digital technology. French is also the second language on the Internet. Competency in French is an invaluable asset to a career in engineering, medicine, or international business.

More importantly, studying French provides skills that are marketable in any career: the ability to adapt and function well in unfamiliar situations, to communicate well with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, to analyze cultural differences in professional settings, and to think abstractly and critically.

The World Languages and Cultures Department at Normandale Community College is also the largest language department within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.


Whether you are just beginning French, or are fairly advanced in your study, whether you want to major in French at a four year school, meet a language requirement, or simply learn to communicate in French, our excellent two-year program provides you with a solid foundation to meet your goals.

As a French student in our program, you have the opportunity to build your language skills, study Francophone cultures, and participate in an active campus community that draws in native speakers of French from around the world.

The World Languages and Culture Department offers students opportunities to become confident and competent participants in today's global society.

Throughout the two-year language program, students both develop and strengthen reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, while gaining knowledge and understanding of other cultures, connecting with other disciplines, and participating in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

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Individuals who study French often work in the following profession

  • College Foreign Language Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Interpreters and Translators


Skills Acquired


French language programs include topics such as:

  • Reading, writing, and speaking French
  • French culture and society
  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Literature and poetry
  • Folklore and film
  • Translation techniques
  • Dialects
  • Linguistics

Emphasis in French

To complete the Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in French, students must complete the requirements for the Associate of Arts in Liberal Education, and the emphasis requirements listed at this link.

The French Division of the World Languages and Cultures Department offers an AA with Emphasis in French. Our course satisfies goals in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and seamlessly transfers to other MnSCU colleges and universities.

Our five-credit French language courses meet Goal 8 (Global Perspective) in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, while our three-credit French Civilization and Culture course meets both Goal 6 (Humanities) and Goal 8 (Global Perspective).

In addition, the French Division has a partnership with the French Department at Minnesota State University at Mankato, which facilitates easy transfer into their French language major or minor.

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Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in French

To complete the Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in French, students must complete the requirements for the Associate of Arts in Liberal Education and the emphasis requirements as indicated below.

Emphasis requirements may also be used to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal requirements.

Required Courses - 18 credits

Code Title Credits
FREN 1111 Culture and Civilization 3
FREN 1200 Beginning French 2 5
FREN 2100 Intermediate French 1 5
FREN 2200 Intermediate French 2 5