Admissions to the French Minor have been suspended as of fall 2020 and will be discontinued as of fall 2023. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

This minor is available only to students admitted to the World Language Education program, or to teachers already licensed to teach at an appropriate level and subject in Wisconsin. Undergraduate students interested in completing a certification minor in French must also complete a major in another World Language certification subject area and be admitted to the World Language Education program. It is not possible to be certified only in a minor area. Consult with an Education Academic Services advisor to discuss the feasibility of combining this minor with the major subject area—not all combinations may be possible and will require approval of the WLE program coordinator. Interested students must apply and be admitted to both language subject areas. The oral proficiency exam, any written exams, and the immersion experience required for certification must be completed in both languages.

Note: The undergraduate World Language Education Program, including this minor, will be suspended in the fall of 2020. A new, graduate-level program is being developed for teacher certification in these languages.

The last group of undergraduates will be selected in the spring semester of 2020.  Admission criteria have been modified from previous years to accommodate all students interested in applying for the final undergraduate cohort, including freshmen beginning in the fall of 2019. See the How to Get In section of the language major for more details about the application process, eligibility criteria and deadlines.

Licensed teachers interested in pursuing certification in this minor should consult with the World Language Education program director, Professor François Tochon,, 544C Teacher Education Building.

French Minor

Note: The oral proficiency exam, any written exams, and an immersion experience are required for certification in this language. Consult the major requirements in this subject for an explanation of these requirements and the World Language Education professional sequence.

Prerequisite Coursework

These courses, or demonstrated proficiency through fourth semester French, must be completed before beginning the minor requirements.

FRENCH 101 First Semester French4
FRENCH 102 Second Semester French4
FRENCH 203 Third Semester French4
FRENCH 204 Fourth Semester French4

Minor Requirements 

Complete a minimum of 24 credits. The French minor requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75, based on all French minor coursework taken on the UW–Madison campus. 

FRENCH 271 Introduction to Literary Analysis4
FRENCH 321 Introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Literature3
FRENCH 322 Introduction to Literature of Modernity3
FRENCH 347 Introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Civilization 13
Language course elective numbered 227 or above3
FRENCH 590 Advanced Phonetics3
Additional credits to complete 24 credits. 2

French Education Advising

Consult with advising staff in the School of Education Student Services office, Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, for general questions regarding certification to teach French. Current students should schedule an appointment online through the Starfish app in MyUW. Appointments can also be made through email at, by calling 608-262-1651, or in person once the office has reopened. Students may want to consult an undergraduate advisor in the French and Italian department regarding course sequencing and other aspects of this field of study.