Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

French Language & Literature Minor


The minor in French Language and Literatures offers students the opportunity to master skills of language acquisition and textual analysis while developing multicultural awareness of the diversity inherent in the Francophone world. Our program prepares students to think critically, and allows them to gain knowledge of literary and cultural expressions of French and Francophone cultures. Students may take courses in literature from the Middle Ages until the present day, as well as interdisciplinary courses that look at cultural and historical movements.


Six courses in French, excluding 101 through 104. Students normally take 250, 251, 270, 271 and two courses at the 300 level. Students who are fluent in the language may begin the sequence at the 270-level with the French Undergraduate Program Director’s permission.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Minor in French Language and Literature, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing skills
  • Develop analytical skills that will allow them to read and write in French as well as write organized essays with developed arguments
  • Develop skills of literary analysis that will allow them to understand major topics in French and Francophone literatures and cultures
  • Trace developments over time in literary and cultural movements 
  • Analyze and interpret numerous literary texts in order to better comprehend the representations of cultural identity and make cross-cultural, intercultural connections
  • Establish connections between literature, film, and history in the Francophone world
  • Attain better cultural competency
  • Foster a lifelong interest and enthusiasm for French-speaking cultural production

Professional use

  • Education
  • Translation 
  • Government
  • Foreign service
  • International business
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Health and medicine

Declaring a Minor

Please log in to your LOCUS account to declare a minor in French. Visit http://www.luc.edu/hub/declaremajor.shtml for more information on how to add a minor in LOCUS. Upon declaring a minor, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Eliana Vagalau, Undergraduate Program Director
Crown Center 471, evagalau@luc.edu