Why study French? After English, French is the second most frequently taught language in the world and like English, the only language spoken on five continents.
It is the first or second language in more than 40 countries, spoken by approximately 125 million people worldwide.
Along with English, French is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, the International Red Cross, and other organizations and an official language of the European Union, the second- largest trading block in the world.
French is the language of culture, widely spoken in the worlds of music, dance, fashion, cuisine, and cinema.
Historically, France had enormous influence in the formation of the United States and was the nation’s first ally. Today, French is the language spoken by our largest trading partner, Canada. More tourists visit France than anywhere else in the world.
As part of a strong liberal arts education, the French major prepares students for work in international business and industry and for graduate study in such areas as language and literature, art, music, law, international relations, and teaching, among others.
A minor in French is also an option.