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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What can I do with a degree in French?

A: There are many options, including secondary teaching, translation, international business, international law, NGOs (non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam), federal employment (the State Department, Homeland Security, etc.), and the travel industry.

Q: What degrees are offered?

A: We offer a major in French and a major in French and Secondary Education.

Q: How many courses are required for a French major?

A: Twelve. An additional four courses in a second language and/or area studies (related subjects in other departments) are required. The French and Secondary Education Major requires additional courses in Education.

Q: Whom do I speak to for more information?

A: Talk to Dr. Banu (x0632,


Q: How many courses are required for a French minor?

A: Six: 203/209, 204, and four 200-, 300- or 400-level courses.

Q: What course should I take now?

A: Take 203/209 and 204 first (and perhaps 200 at the same time). Then you have a variety of choices. Many students start with 300 (Civilization) followed by 301 (Intro to Literature). Others take Business French (309) or French Phonetics (330). Or you could try one of the advanced literature/civilization courses: 315, 317, 321, 322, 323, 341, 342 or even 535.


Q: How about study abroad?

A: Most students go abroad in their Junior year. We offer study abroad programs in Paris and Nantes. For more information on Study Abroad, look at our website: Study Abroad or talk to Dr. Heimonet at