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The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a Minor in French Studies which is the perfect compliment to any major and any career.

The American Association of Teachers of French publishes materials to promote study of the French language and its various global cultures. This document provides some interesting facts about French as a global language.

Degree Requirements 

The Minor in French Studies consists of 18 credits focusing on French and/or Francophone cultures. Of these, at least 12 credits must be taught in French at the 200 level or above. Students must complete at least 9 credits at NEIU.

Please Note: Students in the Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education programs who have selected the French Studies Minor must complete a minimum of 9 hours at the 300 level to meet graduation and teacher certification requirements.

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

The French Course Rotation Plan shows approximate times and campus locations of future course offerings.

Careers & Employment 

World language study can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. The ability to speak, read, write and comprehend another language is an asset in todays global workplace. World language majors typically have a variety of career options in both the public and private sectors. Many professionals who deal with the public, including teachers, law enforcement agents, medical personnel, and social service professionals, find that knowledge of a language other than English can be a real benefit. Multi-national corporations increasingly need employees with world language backgrounds to process documents and work as translators. A World Languages  Major or Minor will help you to communicate and interact with people from diverse backgrounds and will also help you to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity, to expand your knowledge of global issues, and perhaps ultimately to choose a career. Proficiency in more than one language is a valuable skill that enhances your occupational possibilities which may also give you a competitive edge in today's job market.

Program Contact Information 

Department of World Languages and Cultures Main Office Lech Welesa Hall 2039, 2040, 2041:

Paul Schroeder Rodriguez, Chair, Professor of Spanish
(773) 442-4279
Pamela Czech, Instructor of French
Lech Welesa Hall 2028
(773) 442-4754
Jeanette Hernández, Administrative Aide
(773) 442-4740
(773) 442-4748


Declare a French Studies Minor with the Minor Declaration Form.

Keep track of your courses with the Academic Course Record Form.

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