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French is a concentration option for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages. Students can also choose French as a minor. More than 220 million people speak French, the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world.

Careers in French

A degree in French allows graduates to pursue careers around the world. French is a language of international relations. Graduates who are able to speak French have access to jobs in French companies located in France, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and the continent of Africa. French is both a working and an official language of the UN, the EU, NATO, the International Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee, and international courts.

Study Abroad

All students who major in modern languages complete a study abroad program. Students can take classes at the CIEF in Dijon (the International Center of French Studies) or in any number of other programs, with faculty approval.

French Scholarships

In addition to the Departmental Study Abroad Grant, French students may apply for the Jacqueline Quinn Gray Scholarship, which provides more than $4,000 each year for outstanding majors and minors.