Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


The French program provides students with the tools and opportunities to become competent, confident, culturally literate citizens of our increasingly global society.

We form strong thinkers and writers who excel in their careers nationally and internationally thanks to the flexibility and quickness of mind gained from close study of language, literature, culture and film.

French majors and minors tie their language studies to in-depth analysis of literature, culture and film. The French Program’s curriculum integrates speaking, writing and culture into all courses, enhanced by faculty mentoring and interdisciplinary opportunities. French students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Several graduates have won scholarships to teach in France, through the French Embassy’s Teaching Assistant Program.

The French Program also builds diverse perspectives through course materials tailored to students’ specific needs, as well as multimedia in the Language Learning Center. The Capstone experience encourages majors to explore issues independently and prepare for sophisticated work in many fields. Alumni pursue Master’s and PhD degrees and careers in teaching, business, management, art, law, international affairs and public health.

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    In Vietnam, Anthropology Major Ursula James used her ability to speak French to help learn the local language and become immersed in the culture
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    French takes Molly O’Hara to the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies for its Environmental Policy masters program

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