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French and Francophone Studies

As the second most frequently taught foreign language in the world after English, French is clearly a global language. French cultural, economic and diplomatic influence is felt not only in the U.S. where over 1.9 million speak the language at home, but in many parts of the world.

French is the foreign language spoken by our largest trading partner - Canada - and is also the language of more than 300 million native and secondary speakers in 44 francophone countries, and the only language other than English spoken in five continents. The study of the French language and literature and French culture and history, is an essential element in the understanding of the meaning of Western civilization, and the appreciation of the francophone world and heritage.

French Program Mission Statement

The French major builds students' language proficiency in the three modes of Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational communication. Students also gain knowledge of a broad range of different French and Francophone cultures and literatures. Graduating French majors are able to communicate and function in the French-speaking world.

French and Francophone Studies Major

French Teacher Education Program (Grades PK-12)

French and Francophone Studies Minor

Business Language Minor in French

French Courses Offered