French and Francophone studies majors develop proficiency in the language, as well as a broad knowledge of one of the world’s most dynamic cultural traditions and its complex relations with other countries around the world. The program’s requirements are flexible enough to allow students to combine the liberal arts and skill-oriented components of their major with other related programs of study, such as journalism, international relations, and modern European studies.

Students interested in becoming French teachers choose the French major with a concentration in teaching, which prepares them to earn a teaching license in French for grades five to twelve. This program aims for balanced competence in the fields of French studies and the teaching of foreign languages, and culminates in a student teaching practicum during the final semester.

With rich opportunities to study abroad in Paris or Montpellier, courses that span the breadth of the field, from linguistics to literature, and a faculty that hails from across the Francophone world, graduates with a degree in French and Francophone studies are well suited for careers in translation, education, diplomacy, and more.