The French Minor
The French minor is a course of study designed as a second field for students interested in developing their fluency in French and gaining the understanding of culture and literature that comes from the study of a foreign language.
Students are able to obtain a minor in French by taking Beginning French I and II, Intermediate French I and II and two three-credit advanced French electives. A student whose placement test results have exempted him or her from one or more of these courses is required to take only the remaining courses required for the minor.
Lyon allows students to develop an individualized major with the approval of their advisor, the division chair and the Dean of the Faculty, as indicated in the Lyon College Catalog. Students regularly obtain an individualized major in French by taking courses both at Lyon and in Poitiers. Because this individualized major requires approval and is contingent on study abroad, it is recommended (though not required) that students plan to take a double major in French and another subject matter to assure that they are prepared for all contingencies. French makes an excellent second major, enhancing many other areas of study.
Lyon-Poitiers Exchange Program
Lyon College has an exchange program with the Université de Poitiers, allowing students to study in France for a semester or a year. Poitiers is a beautiful and historically rich city known as "une ville étudiante" or "college town." Students may take courses at the Centre de Français Langue Etrangère at the Université de Poitiers, which provides courses in oral and written French as well as literature and civilization. In addition, qualified students may take the same courses as French students in other subject matters. Students may choose to stay in a dorm or rent a room in the home of a French host.
The exchange also allows French students to come to Lyon, enriching our campus life. Lyon's small size makes it easy for French students to get to know Americans.