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French is the official language of 33 countries and is widely spoken in at least 10 more. It is of only two languages spoken on five continents and is spoken by about 500 million people around the world (125 million native speakers). It is the second language of the Internet, and the second most influential language in the world (Language Today). It is one of the two official working languages of the United Nations, NATO, the Olympic Games, the International Red Cross, the International Monetary Fund, and the 31-member Council of Europe. Learning French also creates career opportunities. One thousand French Companies operate in the U.S., employing 650,000 Americans, while a similar number of U.S. companies have operations in France.
A major in French requires a minimum of 30 credits, 24 of which must be at the 300 level or above. Required courses: FREN 355, 356 (or equivalent). Students are encouraged to take at least one course in each of the three major genres (prose, poetry, drama). We offer study abroad semesters and a January term program in France. Students must complete a paper-in-the-major, consisting of a 10 to 15 page paper in a seminar and in close consultation with their professor, during the last three semesters of their major. Also highly recommended is the study of another language.
A minor in French requires a minimum of 16 credits from any level. Interested students should consult with language faculty. All courses require a Language Lab/Supporting Materials Fee.
To complete the minor in French Cultural Studies, a student must complete a total of six courses (18 credits). Visit French Cultural Studies for more information.