The French language is the vehicle for a rich culture and civilization. It is a humanistic, lively, modern language encountered not only in gastronomy, fashion, and travel, but also in industry (from aerospace to biotechnology to electronics), the sciences (from medicine and ecology to micro-biology), business, etc. As one of the official languages of both the United Nations and the European Union, it is a very useful tool in diplomacy and the political arena. French thinkers have traditionally been in the avant-garde of intellectual life, which makes a working knowledge of this language invaluable to scholars in all fields, just as it is indispensable for teachers, translators, writers, and diplomats.
For French majors, a major in another discipline, as well as at least a minor in another language, are recommended.
We highly recommend that students take advantage of our semester- or year-long programs in France and/or the third semester French in France summer course in Paris. Information is available in the Office of International Studies Abroad, Serra Hall, Room 315, or go to the International Center Online. For the Paris summer program you can also contact Dr. Magnin.
Do not miss Maestro Karen Keltner's lively presentation of French opera on Thursday, December 5th in Warren Auditorium at 7pm.