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French Program

In today’s global economy, it is necessary to master a second language outside of English. French is spoken on each continent in more than 57 countries by over 500 million people. Most countries in West Africa have French as their official language. In addition to its cultural influence all over the world, French is the second most used language after English for business and communication purposes.

The Foreign Language Program offers a Minor in French and Francophone Studies
The French minor requires 21 hours, including FR 132, FR 231, FR 232, as well as 4 advanced courses (see Course Details below). CLEP is available for French minors to test out of FR 131, FR 132, FR 231, and FR 232. Credit by Examination to test out of 2 advanced French courses is also available.

Course Details

  • FR 131 Elementary French I
  • FR 141 Elementary French I for Business
  • FR 132 Elementary French II
  • FR 142 Elementary French II for Business
  • FR 231 Intermediate French I
  • FR 241 Intermediate French I for Business
  • FR 232 Intermediate French II
  • FR 242 Intermediate French II for Business
  • FR 331 French Grammar & Composition
  • FR 335 Scientific French
  • FR 336 African Francophone Literature
  • FR 347 Contemporary France
  • FR 348 Contemporary Francophone Cinema
  • FR 432 Business French
  • FR 438 Directed Study
  • FR 439 French Influence in Africa

French-Related Activities

Students can join in communities below and Fundraiser activities, community service requirements, events sponsored by French Consulate and Alliance Française, networking with local French native speakers and International Students’ Association, Mardi Gras Galveston, Festival International de Louisiane, Film Festivals, study abroad scholarship opportunities, peer to peer tutoring and mentoring, 2 trips to Paris so far and so on.

  • French Club
  • Pi Delta (National French Honor Society)
  • TSU Gamma Epsilon Chapter

Paris Noir Study Abroad Program - 2020

For more information about the French program and the Paris Noir Study Abroad Program, please contact:


Dr. Marylise Caussinus
Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program
Associate Professor of French
MLK 306, 713-313-7650, marylise.caussinus@tsu.edu