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/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/825-alex-dill"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/78,0,717,639/7415_adill.jpg" alt="Alex Dill" title="Alex Dill" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “What I liked most about the English & World Literatures major was the breadth of elective courses. I studied texts from a broad historical range and I was also able to study texts from a variety of cultural perspectives, particularly in classes like Woman as Writer/Subject/Audience and Gay & Lesbian Literature.  My creative writing classes also helped me to grow as a writer while broadening my reading horizons.”​</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/825-alex-dill">Alex Dill</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, 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/822-ruth-calhoun"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,8,774,782/7412_ruth.jpg" alt="Ruth Calhoun" title="Ruth Calhoun" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ruth began working for Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals, in 2008. Trulia started publicly trading on the NYSE in 2012. She is currently the Senior Director of Sales Development.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/822-ruth-calhoun">Ruth Calhoun</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, Major in <a href="http://www.mmm.edu/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/995-meghan-quinlan"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/179,35,554,410/8167_quinlan.jpg" alt="Meghan Quinlan" title="Meghan Quinlan" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The class sizes were small, which allowed for in-depth and personalized feedback from professors and a lot of freedom to explore what interested me most within each course. As a double major with dance, I was often encouraged to integrate interdisciplinary concepts and methods in my work as an English & World Literatures major, which was really exciting and useful!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/995-meghan-quinlan">Meghan Quinlan</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>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/265,0,1598,1333/8165_minwalla.jpg" alt="Farah Minwalla" title="Farah Minwalla" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> <em>Interned at SPIN Magazine, Senator Charles Schumer’s Office, Common Cause, the Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection<br/></em>“My internship experiences provided me a glimpse of what life after college would be like without the shock of graduating college and starting my first job with little to no work experience. I am very grateful to the guidance I got from the faculty as well as the internship and résumé help I received from the staff in the Office of Career Services. Marymount Manhattan is a great place for taking advantage of the wonderful resources of New York City.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla">Farah Minwalla</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>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1003-louise-mattarelliano"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,100,100/8175_louise_mattarelliano.jpg" alt="Louise Mattarelliano" title="Louise Mattarelliano" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p class="wysiwyg_viewer_skins_displayers_MediaZoomDisplayerSkin-description"> While completing her English & World Literatures major at Marymount Manhattan, Louise was accepted to our joint BA/MS program with Pace University, which allowed her to begin pursuing her Masters degree in Publishing.  She earned this degree from Pace University in 2007 and is currently a production supervisor at W.W. Norton & Company.</p><p class="wysiwyg_viewer_skins_displayers_MediaZoomDisplayerSkin-description">  </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1003-louise-mattarelliano">Louise Mattarelliano</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, 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/1001-ryan-lawlor"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8173_r_lawlor.jpg" alt="Ryan Lawlor" title="Ryan Lawlor" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ryan was a double major in English & World Literatures and Political Science.  He went to law school at St. John’s University and is currently an attorney at the Law Offices of Eric H. Green and Associates.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1001-ryan-lawlor">Ryan Lawlor</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>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1007-alexandra-palmer"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8179_a_palmer.jpg" alt="Alexandra Palmer" title="Alexandra Palmer" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Alexandra graduated from MMC with a major in English and World Literatures and a minor in Hispanic Studies in 2012. She was accepted into the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU to pursue her Masters degree. She also received two departmental fellowships to attend the Reporting New York program where she will learn how to create her own broadcasts on stories specific to the NY area and the nation.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1007-alexandra-palmer">Alexandra Palmer</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>
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