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


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.

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. Several students have gone on to prestigious Teaching Assistant Program in France positions.


Bachelor of Arts

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  • Communicate fluently in French
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of French culture
  • Develop insights into the nature of language and culture
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

Career Opportunities

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

I have mostly interacted with the Modern Language Department and so far the French teachers have been amazing and have not ceased to help me on everything and anything that I may need. Everyone is very caring and willing to help, which is important when working with languages.

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year
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Movie Series

Through out the year our department hosts a free movie series featuring French, German, Portuguese and Spanish language movies, all with subtitles.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.


The Global Experience Travel Grant from Oswego is a monetary award specifically designed to encourage, support and promote student travel abroad to countries where languages other than English are spoken. Apply for this grant through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

Fulbright Scholarship

Excel in our program and as a graduating senior, master student or Oswego alumni you can apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to help fund research abroad or to teach English in another country.

Get Involved

Join the Oswego chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society or participate in the French Club.

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