French

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"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life."
- Thomas Jefferson

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Why Study French?


In a post-colonial world, 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 research in medicine, aeronautics, and digital technology. French is the second language on the Internet. Although France is the world's major tourist destination, with 60 million visitors annually, the study of French offers far more than access to the rich and beautiful cultural heritage that has made Paris such an essential city. 

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.

Why Study French at Normandale?


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.

Normandale French students maintain a dynamic French club with outings to movies and museums, enjoy reduced membership fees to the Twin Cities Alliance française, and volunteer in local French immersion schools.

The French Division of the World Languages and Cultures Department offers an AA with Emphasis in French.  Our courses satisfy goals in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and seamlessly transfer 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.