As one of the major languages of world governance, diplomacy, commerce, and culture, French opens up a world of opportunities - from Médecins Sans Frontiers, Peace Corps, journalism, translation, and international relations to the TGV, civil engineering, cultural management, and luxury trade markets. In addition to gaining real world proficiency and mastering communication skills across languages and cultures, students of French learn essential critical thinking skills, analytical reasoning, and adaptability. No matter your career and life path, studying French will prepare you to face the challenges and opportunities both of the job market and of an increasingly globalized world.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand the histories, societies, and cultures of regions where French is spoken.

  2. Learn and grow in an interdisciplinary field.

  3. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  4. Develop critical language skills

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in French pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). A major in French provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Non-governmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (e.g. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Research institutes

Humanitarian services

International business

Print and broadcast media companies

Elementary, secondary, and higher education
Alumni Jobs


Web director

Research assistant

Intelligence analyst

Senior technical writer

Physical therapist

Sustainable development program director

International buyer


Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Placement according to proficiency level (eg. FR 101, 111, 201, or 301)

2nd Year
Continue language sequence or advance to 300 level (see below)

3rd Year
FR 301; FR 302; FR 416; Choose three: FR 312, 317, 318, 319; FR 330

4th Year
Advanced courses such as: FR 399, 407, 425, 460, 480, 492 *see website for more info

Major Credits
Required 36
Electives 12

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Oral and written communication

Critical thinking and analysis

Cross-cultural collaboration

Language tutoring and translating

Grant writing


Policy development & analysis

Program administration and evaluation

Economic and community development

Public outreach and community relations
Experiential learning opportunities

Study abroad in France: Lyon, Poitiers, Sciences Po Exchange, Angers (GEO)

Study abroad in: Madagascar, Senegal, Morocco (GEO)

International internships (IE3, Globalworks)

Local internships in bilingual K-12 programs (PLE)

Cercle Francophone
Specialized Courses

Francophone Literature

Contemporary France

French for Professional Purposes

Island Stories

Law and Empire of the Seas

Art is in the Streets

French Film
Add A Minor Or Certificate

African Studies



European Studies

Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.

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