French Language Courses and Degree Programs

As a French major, you will have the opportunity to learn the language as well as study abroad to learn about a new culture. Earning a degree in French language can prepare you for a career in academia or international business. Continue reading for more details about coursework and study abroad programs. Schools offering Spanish degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

French is one of the world's most widely spoken languages. Students can study French at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and there are plenty of online options as well. French students often study abroad to get a feel for the culture and history of French-speaking nations.

Courses French literature, French culture, French film, history, textual analysis
Degrees Associate's, bachelor's, master's degrees are available
Programs Students often go on study abroad programs to France or other French-speaking countries

Why Should I Take French Language Courses?

After English, French is the most commonly taught language in the world and is considered the second global language. It is commonly spoken on five continents and is the main language of most international organizations. Many colleges and universities, including online programs, give you the opportunity to major or minor in French. There are also many graduate degree programs in French language.

What Courses are in a Degree Program?

Enrolling in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in French, such as the Bachelor of Arts in French or Master of Arts in French, will allow you to intensively study a new culture. In a French language degree program, you can expect to take courses like:

  • Oral and written expression
  • Writing and reading French texts
  • Topics in French cinema
  • History of the French language
  • Topics in cultural studies
  • Tools and techniques of translation
  • Intensive grammar and composition
  • Topics in Francophone literature

Will I Study Abroad?

At most colleges and universities, excluding some online programs, you will have the opportunity to travel to France and study there for a semester or longer. There are programs throughout France, including in Lyon and Paris. These immersion programs are intensive studies of the intellectual climate in France. Through an undergraduate or graduate degree program you will have the chance to study classical and contemporary French culture at a French college, as well as cultural activities outside of the classroom.

Additionally, there are also study abroad programs for French language students outside of France. These programs are available in places such as Mali, Belgium, Switzerland and more.

While abroad, you can expect to take courses including:

  • Economic history of the European Union
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Ancient French
  • Textual analysis
  • French culture

What Will These Degree Programs Prepare Me For?

French is the official language of many businesses and national organizations, including the United Nations (UN), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), International Labor Bureau and Union of International Associations. According to the U.S. Department of State, employees of most international organizations are required to be fluent in an official UN language and have a clear working understanding of another, preferably French of Spanish (www.state.gov). A graduate degree in French can also prepare you for these jobs, as well as more advanced careers in government or academia.

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