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Our French major gives students a thorough mastery of speaking, aural comprehension, reading and writing skills in the French language and a solid grounding in French literature and civilization.

A multimedia laboratory with developing computer program complements classroom instruction. In addition to beginning, intermediate and advanced language courses, we offer courses in literature, both in French and in English translation. The literature courses cover major authors and periods as well as specific genre courses, including poetry, theater and film.

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A semester- or year-long study program in Paris or Nice enables you to experience French life and culture on a daily basis and enhance fluency in the language. Several students have chosen to study for a semester or summer in Quebec. Students and faculty participate in the French Club and organize film series and other programs that explore the multicultural diversity of Francophonia as well as occasional trips to the province of Quebec. Practice your language skills at the weekly international coffee hour, and in the friendly department’s foyer. The department also sponsors a chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society.


Opportunities include

  • Teaching
  • Government
  • Foreign trade
  • Travel
  • Publishing
  • Banking
  • Tourism
  • Intelligence

Graduate studies may include

  • French
  • Languages
  • Education


A multimedia laboratory with developing computer programs complements classroom instruction.

“The support of my advisers and professors was a big part of what helped me decide to study abroad in Paris. That experience prepared me more than anything for being responsible both financially and professionally. In my experience professors are mostly always looking to give recognition to students where it’s due, which helps them to become award holders and members of different honors societies.”

— Alexis Ponte ’14