French is one of the most global, practical languages one can learn. French is spoken on five continents and is the official language of more than 30 countries. More than 200 million people speak French, and French is the third most common language on the Internet. French is also a key language of the Internet, technology, business, global economics and culture.

Program Highlights

  • Major or minor available
  • Course work includes students from around the world in real time through technology and language-learning software offered through the Center for Languages and International Collaboration
  • French majors live and go to school in accredited programs in a French- or Francophone-speaking country for at least one semester
  • Opportunities to mentor students in 100-level course
  • Opportunities to teach French to elementary school students while earning credit
  • Interaction with a different native French-speaking language assistant from France
  • Opportunity to interact with French students on campus from our exchange program with the University of Avignon, France

Students interested in international business, politics and humanitarian organizations would be well advised to learn French to travel to the many nations in the world where it is the primary language. In addition, students interested in art, literature and the fashion and culinary industries also benefit from learning French and understanding the rich traditions of French-speaking countries.

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Students will gain skills in all areas of the language—listening, speaking, reading and writing, plus exposure to the major literary, intellectual and historical trends of French culture. Language courses, topics related to modern issues in France, acquisition of a second language in American elementary schools, women’s writing, composition and conversation, pronunciation and many other courses are also offered.