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About French

Our B.A. programs develop students' ability to use the spoken and written language as they learn about the culture, history, and literature of the areas of the world where this language is spoken.

The B.A. degree program in Arts and Letters (French Romance Studies) provides the opportunity to craft a customized major for students who are interested in the study of any of the forms of human expression, creativity, and culture, and whose career/life plans would be served by an academic scope broader than that offered by any single department.

French, B.A.

Professional French, Minor

French and Francophone Culture, Minor

World Languages Advantage Certificate

Degree Information

French Club: La Table Francaise

National French Honor Society: Eligible students are inducted into local chapters of Pi Delta Phi.

Pi Delta Phi

Study Abroad: The Modern and Classical Languages department sponsors a summer study experience in French-speaking Quebec.

Learn About Studying Abroad

Our Ambassador Model

We commit to preparing students for ambassadorial stewardship in an age of increasing economic and cultural globalization. The empathy and appreciation we show one another, in light of our plurality of identities and perspectives, serves as a model that we endeavor to instill in our students. 


The Dr. Charles A. Messner Scholarship Fund is a $5,000 annual scholarship available to Humanities students.

  • The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Foreign Language
  • The Ernest S. Falbo Modern Foreign Language Award: Outstanding students in modern languages
  • The Charles A. Messner Classic Prize: Students in the classics (Greek, Latin, or classical studies)
  • The Javier Ortiz-Calderón and Maribel Garrett Award: Senior Spanish majors
  • The Dr. Eliane McKee French Education Scholarship: Professional French, Francophone Studies, or French Education majors

Small Classes

Our major programs offer you small classes which promote student participation and proficiency in the foreign languages and afford you, the student, the opportunity to get to know your professors well.

Minor Choices

Students who plan to teach a foreign language are encouraged to take a second language. Flexibility enhances your chances of success in your post-college career. Our minor programs include: French, German, Italian, and Spanish and two years of coursework in Chinese and Classics, and one year in Arabic.