Concentrate on developing your competence in the French language through diverse coursework in language, culture, and literature, emphasizing the four areas of language acquisition: speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Develop an understanding of the broad reach of the French language throughout the world from Louisiana and Québec in North America, to South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, the South Pacific, and Indian Ocean. Our interdisciplinary approach will allow you to dive into the limitless connections that exist among French and all the disciplines of the liberal arts through a great variety of courses in geography, art history, theatre, music, political science, or religion. The French major offers several exciting semester or summer study abroad opportunities that will boost your proficiency in the language, as well as open your eyes to new people, new places, and new ideas. The best French students are invited to Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. Advanced students have also presented their innovative research on French and Francophone Studies at the AddRan Undergraduate Research forum and at other academic venues.
- Join the community of French learners and speakers on campus by living in the new French Language House residential learning program.
- Residents experience an immersion environment to increase their proficiency and develop their cultural competence by engaging in cultural activities and events, guided by a native speaker living in the residence. In addition, all students are invited to expand their knowledge and language proficiency by attending the events and activities sponsored by the student-led French club, Ensemble.
- Explore French cinema by attending the French and Francophone Film Festival each spring.
- Students learn French in small classes taught by experienced and caring faculty who are native or near native speakers of French. Receive individualized help from peers through the Department of Foreign Language Peer Tutoring Program.
- Students receive course attributions from Women and Gender Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, and Middle East Studies in select French seminars.
- Discover the many ways to make French relevant in your daily life and career.
- Investigate the possibilities for internships and study abroad programs, including exploration of France and the Francophone world.
Course Examples by Year
First Semester College French
Second Semester College French
Third Semester College French
Fourth Semester College French
Contemporary France in the Media
French Culture and Civilization I and II
Readings in Selected French Genres
Introduction to Composition
Seminar in French Literature and Culture
Special Topic Courses
Interdisciplinary Courses: Communication, Geography, Religion, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Music, Theatre, Art, and Anthropology.
Where Graduates Go
Majoring in French opens up a multitude of career paths. Mastery of French and an understanding of the culture in French-speaking countries will prove essential in careers in interpretation, translation, teaching, travel, and cuisine. Other fields in which French is useful include: art, medicine, nursing, international nonprofit organizations, finance, diplomacy, cinema, technology, engineering, pharmaceutics, international business, international law, and fashion. Many of our recent graduates have gone on to graduate school, law school, and the military, excelling in the job market with their marketable abilities in French.