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Bienvenue! The French program allows you to study the language, literatures and cultures of France and the Francophone world, leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees in French.

What to Expect

As a French major, you will get the traditional benefits of a liberal arts education in the context of intensive study of the language, literature and culture of France and the French-speaking world. You will work with dedicated scholars who offer innovative, interdisciplinary courses to help you develop basic and advanced skills. You will learn to communicate in French, understand and interpret written and spoken French, present information and communicate ideas to an audience of listeners or readers, engage in conversations and exchange opinions.

The skills you develop as a French major extend beyond the classroom. You will be able to learn collaboratively with students in France, perform in a French play, debate the latest French online news, review films from Africa, explore current trends in children's literature, study abroad in France or study business French.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. with a major in French

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in the College of Arts and Sciences, focuses on the teaching of foreign languages, their associated literatures and global culture. Students learn from native speakers, benefit from innovative Web-based programs, where they interact directly with their peers in other countries, and study with professors who have written the books they use in courses.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in French:

  • Reading French Texts
  • Advanced Oral Communication
  • French Composition

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degrees

The French department offers a Master of Arts in French.

The Master of Arts in Teaching leads to initial teacher licensure/certification in secondary education.

M M.A. in French 

Graduate Director: Francisco Sanchez, 803-777-9734,
Program Contact: Barbara Wachob, 803-777-0473,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

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