French and Francophone Studies

The College is no longer admitting students to this minor. Please see our Majors & Minors listing to view available programs.


The French & Franchophone Studies minor invites students to master the French language while recognizing its historical and contemporary importance across the globe.

Students study the histories, literatures, and cultures of some of the many countries across Europe, Africa, and the Americas in which French is designated as the official or co-official language.  Courses include Explication de Textes, French and Franchophone Cinema, Reading Contemporary Africa, and Caribbean Franchophone Literature.

Requirements for a minor in french and francophone studies:

For students with no previous French:  
FREN 101 Elementary French I
3
FREN 102 Elementary French II 3
FREN 201 Intermediate French I 3
FREN 202 Intermediate French II 3
FREN 309 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
FREN Elective 3
For students with the equivalent of FREN 101-102:  
FREN 201 Intermediate French I 3
FREN 202 Intermediate French II 3
FREN 310 French Conversation or FREN 303 Explication de Textes 3
FREN 309 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
FREN Electives 6
For students with the equivalent of FREN 201-202:  
FREN 303 Explication de Textes 3
FREN 301 French Translation or FREN 305 French Phonetics and Conversation    3
FREN 309 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3
FREN 310 French Conversation 3
FREN Electives 6
Total Credits 18

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1010-nikki-bordages--winter"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8182_nikki.jpg" alt="Nikki Bordages- Winter" title="Nikki Bordages- Winter" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Nikki Winter graduated in May 2013 with a major in English. Nikki has since gone on to work at Young & Rubicom within the Latin American division of the Colgate-Palmolive account. Although thrilled at reaching her goal of working in advertising after graduation, Nikki has yet to get the pony she has always wanted. </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1010-nikki-bordages--winter">Nikki Bordages- Winter</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1005-mariely-moronta"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8177_moronta.jpg" alt="Mariely Moronta" title="Mariely Moronta" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Mariely currently works on youth crime prevention initiatives with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. An avid youth advocate, Mariely works towards connecting young people to educational resources. Mariely is currently applying to MPA programs with a concentration in Public Policy. Mariely attributes much of her academic/professional success to MMC’s English Department and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1005-mariely-moronta">Mariely Moronta</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1008-jennifer-saavedra"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8180_j_saavedra.jpg" alt="Jennifer Saavedra" title="Jennifer Saavedra" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Jennifer Saavedra is an international multimedia journalist who has lived and worked in diverse environments such as India, Ecuador, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Ireland. She is currently in New York City working as a licensed real estate agent while collaborating on a journalism project about a community in the Ecuadorean rainforest.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1008-jennifer-saavedra">Jennifer Saavedra</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2006, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/999-thomas-fabricio"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8172_t_fabricio.jpg" alt="Thomas Fabricio" title="Thomas Fabricio" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The English & World Literatures major at MMC exposed me to an array of rich literary texts that I would not have read otherwise. Working through the major gave me the skill of literary criticism and analysis. The fact is that my work today, as a practicing attorney, and previously in law school, required me to employ the textual analytical skills gained at Marymount. Specifically, we learned to closely read texts and write about their meaning within different contexts and from different perspectives. We did this by learning theories of criticism and applying the theories to certain texts. That’s essentially what lawyers do, we apply laws to facts. The experiences and skills I gained from the MMC English & World Literatures major have been an essential building block in my professional career.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/999-thomas-fabricio">Thomas Fabricio</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8181_brianna.jpg" alt="Brianna Stimpson" title="Brianna Stimpson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating in 2012, Brianna traveled to Asia for seventeen months to teach English in South Korea, work in news radio in Cambodia, and explore new cultures. She worked on the launch team for a state-of-the-art multiplatform performance venue The Greene Space in SoHo New York City, and is now working with NPR’s Branded Events Department to produce local and national multiplatform content from NPR’s new headquarters in Washington DC.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson">Brianna Stimpson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1412-greer-temnick"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,700,463/11158_g_temnick.jpg" alt="Greer Temnick" title="Greer Temnick" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The most beneficial part of my MMC experience was learning from the knowledgeable EWL faculty. I was exposed to a wide variety of courses including Contemporary African Literature, 18<sup>th</sup> Century Literature and Literary New York. The depth and rigor of my courses prepared me for my current graduate studies, and the encouragement and guidance I received from the EWL faculty has pushed me to pursue my passion. I’m grateful to have been, and to continue to be part of such a supportive community.  </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1412-greer-temnick">Greer Temnick</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in <a href="/departments/english/" target="_blank">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/826-amanda-dilodovico"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/13,0,148,135/8170_a_dilodovico.jpg" alt="Amanda DiLodovico" title="Amanda DiLodovico" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The faculty in the English & World Literatures major not only offered me guidance, generosity, and knowledge, but also provided me with the tools to write effectively, think critically, and produce high-quality work. These skills are of immense value; however, the most precious resource that I gained as an EWL major was and continues to be the working relationships I developed with the department’s wonderful professors. They always considered my post-graduate interests in coursework and accommodated my dual major with ease. The English & World Literatures faculty, who I still consider allies today, not only offered me options, but provided me with a glimpse of the stellar career I could one day achieve. Since leaving MMC I earned my M.A. in Performance Studies at New York University, a discipline that incorporates both of my interests in literary/critical theory and dance performance. I hope to earn my doctorate so that I can become a college or university professor, and one day provide the same skills, options, and enlightenment to eager students that the English & World Literatures professors at MMC awarded me. I look forward to continuing my academic work in the near future and, of course, doing a great many things with my B.A. in English & World Literatures!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/826-amanda-dilodovico">Amanda DiLodovico</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
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