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French Major

In our increasingly interdependent global community, French continues to be a critically important language.  According the the Ministry of Culture and Francophonie in Paris, French ranks as the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world, with around 450 million speakers (after Mandarin -1.4 billion, Hindi – 900 million, English – 800 million).

Students who major in French find careers in many fields, including law, medicine, teaching, and international business and finance.  Most students choose to double major; the most popular combinations are French and Political Science, French and Economics; French and History, and French and Spanish – although others have chosen to combine French with Math, Psychology, English, etc.

Two courses (6 hours) taken outside the French department may count for the major with approval from the DUS.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a French GPA of 3.6 who have taken at least 4 classes at the 2500 level or above are eligible for membership in Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society.

All majors are expected to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about their choice of courses each semester.

Please click below to download a check sheet and the major declaration form (Word document).

French Major Check Sheet

Declaration of Major Form

Combined BA/MA (4+1) Degree Program