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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures



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.

We highly recommend that students take advantage of our semester- or year-long programs in France and/or the third-semester French summer course in France. Information is available at the International Center, Serra Hall, Room 315.