French Program

frenchMajor

The course of studies leading to a major in French requires no fewer than 30 hours beyond the general studies requirement (FLF 201-202). These hours must include:

              1. HFLF 311 General Survey of French Literature I
              2. HFLF 312 General Survey of French Literature II
              3. HFLF 331 French Conversation 
              4. HFLF 341 Advanced French Grammar and Composition I
              5. HFLF 342 Advanced French Grammar and Composition II
              6. HFLF 446 Topics in Francophone Literature: Negritude et Creolite
              7. HFLF 447 French Civilization and Culture
              8. Three more courses at the 400 level.
              9. Substitutions may be approved by the department. FLF 251 and 252 may be counted towards a major or minor. Students planning to certify as French teachers at the elementary or secondary level should also take FLF 492, Applied Linguistics, and FLF 491, Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages.

Minor

To minor in French, a student must complete no fewer than 18 hours in French beyond the general studies requirement. Within these hours must be included:

              1. HFLF 311 General Survey of French Literature I
              2. HFLF 312 General Survey of French Literature II
              3. HFLF 331 French Conversation
              4. HFLF 341 Advanced French Grammar and Composition I
              5. HFLF 342 Advanced French Grammar and Composition II

Why Study French?

Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students with a good level of French are eligible for French government scholarships to enrol in postgraduate courses in France in any discipline and qualify for internationally recognised French degrees.

There are many reasons to study French. Some of them, presented by France Diplomatie are:

1. A world language

More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents. The OIF, an international organization of French-speaking countries, comprises 77 member States and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.

French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language courses for close on a million learners.

2. A language for the job market

The ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and the continent of Africa). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.

3. The language of culture

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature in the original French, as well as films and songs. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Léopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane.

4. A language for travel

France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 79,5 million visitors a year. The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when traveling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places.

5. A language for higher education

Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students with a good level of French are eligible for French government grants to enroll in postgraduate courses in France in the discipline of their choice and qualify for internationally recognized degrees.

6. The other language of international relations

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.

7. A language that opens up the world

After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all over the world and news from the leading French-language international media (TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale).

8. A language that is fun to learn

French is an easy language to learn. There are many methods on the market that make learning French enjoyable for children and adults alike. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French.

9. A language for learning other languages

French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.

10. The language of love and reason

First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.

 

"For a country to fortify and develop its culture, it must open its doors and windows wide to intellectual, scientific, and artistic currents. It must stimulate the free circulation of ideas - from wherever they may come - so that local tradition and experience are constantly put to the test; and so that they may be corrected, completed, and enriched by the traditions and experiences of those who share the miseries and wonders of the human adventure in other places, through different languages and circumstances."

Mario Vargas Llosa
2010 Nobel Prize in Literature