French Studies can take you around the world
Did you know that French is a fast-growing language spoken in 40 different countries and territories, and that 29 nations name French as an official language? It is also taught around the world and is an official language of international organizations including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Olympics and UNESCO. That means that adding French to your skill set can open doors for your career internationally.
A major or double-major in French helps you navigate cultures, industries, arts, and governments all over the world. With our focus on real-life projects, you may work on translating personal letters from the World Wars, creating videos focusing on aspects of the cultures in Francophone areas of the world or collaborating with a music history class on a recital of French Renaissance songs. Spend a semester studying in Strasbourg or Aix-en-Provence, or a summer studying in France or Canada. Add your voice and perspective to the Weekly Conversation hour or Francophone film series. Go even deeper by adding one of our interdisciplinary minors like applied linguistics, international studies or African studies to help prepare you for wherever your career path takes you. After graduation, many French majors spend a year in France, teaching English conversation in the public schools through the TAPIF program.
When you pair language studies with another major, you will integrate your perspective on each area of specialization, increasing the directions your career can take. With French studies, you gain skills, knowledge, cultural experience, and critical tools that make you a compelling prospect for any graduate school or employer.
- of majors study abroad for a semester, living with a French-speaking host family
- of graduating seniors applying to TAPIF to teach English conversation in French public schools have been accepted.
- of majors combine French studies with a second major