A minor in French and Francophone studies combined with any major can open the door to a broad variety of career opportunities. French is the fifth most widely used language in the world, with speakers spread over five continents. It is the third most important business language (after English and Chinese) and the fourth most common language on the Internet. Moreover, it is the second most important language in international organizations.

The French and Francophone studies minor requires a minimum of 15 credits. Of these, 12 must be earned at the 300 level or above and include French 371 and 473 (Advanced Grammar and Composition I and II), and one 300- or 400-level course in literature, intellectual history, or culture taught entirely in French. Minors can also take advantage of study abroad programs in Paris and Montpellier in France or programs in other francophone countries.