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Why Choose the French Minor?
A demonstrated fluency in a second language is sure to be an asset in any career, whether it is education, health care, business, governmental service, technology, or other fields. The French minor allows students to develop their skills in written and conversational French and also to study the cultures of France and other countries around the world where French is spoken. Summer study abroad programs allow students to engage in firsthand experience in study in France, Martinique, Quebec and francophone Africa.
The study of French has already inspired many students to action, enhancing and changing lives in very positive ways. Students from Ferris have gained experience teaching English in France, living with French families while earning a salary. Others have taken appointments with the Peace Corp while others have set up internships for their majors in French speaking countries, giving them international exposure as they enter the work force.
While all careers are enhanced by knowledge of a second or third language, specific majors at Ferris lend themselves to this intercultural awareness including: International Business, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Plastics Engineering, Teacher Education, Public Relations, Public Administration, Health Care, HVAC, and building trades.
This French minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.
An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 19 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade average in these courses.
Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.
ADVISOR: Dr. Daniel Noren
Department of Languages and Literature
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225