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French & Francophone Studies, B.A.

The French & Francophone Studies program emphasizes the use of the French language through a curriculum that closely relates to the Francophone world. Classes are conducted in French and stress the literature and culture of France and such Francophone regions and countries as Quebec, Nova Scotia, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Congo, and the French-speaking Caribbean.

Why this program

French is one of the most significant languages of diplomacy, communication, and culture throughout the world.

The French program recognizes that, as the world's future national and global leaders, students’ understanding of the alternative perspectives in other languages is important.

An expertise in French & Francophone Studies opens many doors to several national and international careers.

French student

Academics & Options

The program prepares students to read, understand, speak, and write the French language with advanced proficiency and to understand the rich fabric of Francophone cultures throughout the world. Students take 42 units of lower and upper division, and elective courses specific to their major.

Did you know?

Students spend from 10 weeks to a year studying abroad, immersed in a French-speaking culture.

Students are also encouraged to study a second language spoken in a Francophone region, such as Arabic, Wolof, Pulaar, or Creole.

An International Faculty in Residence Program brings scholars and artists from different parts of the world to teach for a full semester in the area of their expertise.

French student


Students with national and international understanding of cultural, ethnic, and racial issues, coupled with second or third language competency, will be better equipped to meet the professional challenges of the 21st century. Potential careers include the following:

  • Airline Employee 
  • Bilingual Occupations 
  • Foreign Correspondent 
  • Health Care Worker 
  • Import-Export Business Person 
  • International Financier 
  • Interpreter 
  • Linguist 
  • Literary Translator 
  • Teacher 
  • Technical Translator 
  • Travel Agent 
  • U.S. Government Service Officer
French teacher

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