What Is It?:

French is designed to teach students a considerable degree of competence in the written and spoken language, as well as a familiarity with the literature and culture of France and the French-speaking world. It aims to develop a student's critical appreciation of texts in French in both literary and cultural contexts. French offers a large selection of courses in different periods and criticism, as well as courses in composition, stylistics, translation, and linguistics.

Further, it encourages interdisciplinary studies in French through courses emphasizing the relation between literature and the other arts and between literature, history and society. Particularly attractive for many students is the opportunity for the historical and critical study of French film. Most courses are conducted in French, and majors are expected to write papers and examinations in the language.

For more information, please visit the Department of French and Italian


  • Commercial French Studies: combines a concentration in French with appropriate courses in business
  • French Studies: focuses on courses in literature, language, linguistics, and civilization.
  • Teacher Education: leads to the B.A. in the Teaching of French.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • FR 101—Elementary French I
  • FR 102—Elementary French II
  • FR 103—Intermediate French I
  • FR 104—Intermediate French II
  • FR 205—Oral French 1
  • FR 207—Grammar & Composition

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Air Traffic Assistant
  • Banking Correspondent
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Bilingual Officers and Tellers
  • Civil Service Employee
  • FBI Agent
  • Filmmaker
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Diplomat
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Service Peacekeeper
  • Foreign Service Specialist
  • Foreign Social Worker
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Linguist
  • Missionary
  • Multi-Lingual Port Receptionist
  • Museum Curator
  • National Security Agent
  • Negotiator

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Archivist
  • CIA/FBI Agent
  • Columnist/Reporter
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Court Interpreter
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Flight Attendant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Film Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Import/Export Specialist
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • International Conference Planner
  • International Consultant
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Librarian
  • Teacher
  • Tour Organizer/Guide
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Acknowledging value systems
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Articulate and apply grammatical and syntactic rules
  • Assessing needs
  • Clarifying ideas
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Comparing translations / interpretations
  • Compiling/recording data
  • Determining the needs of others
  • Develop an awareness of cultural differences and an appreciation of other cultures
  • Explaining complex concepts
  • Gathering and evaluating information
  • Interpret and translate French texts
  • Interviewing non-judgmentally
  • Organizing materials/information
  • Read, write, listen and speak French
  • Reading for content and structure
  • Speaking to groups
  • Understand the customs and traditions of French -speaking communities
  • Understand the structure of the French language
  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Understanding historical language change
  • Working with original sources in many fields

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in French, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to French.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of French.  These organizations include American Translators Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in French, visit Undergraduate Programs.