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French Studies (B.A.)

In today’s global economy, the ability to speak French is an extremely valuable skill. French is spoken on five continents, by over 220 million people in the world, and it is the official language in close to thirty different countries. In this program, you will learn to communicate effectively in French with courses that integrate language and culture.  Our curriculum will also help you develop what employers call desirable “soft skills” such as empathy, creativity, mental flexibility, critical thinking, and intercultural communication strategies. You can take advantage of our study abroad opportunities to refine your language skills, immerse yourself in one of the many cultures that use French, and participate in service-learning projects that will give you the skills to be linguistically proficient, open to diversity, and globally literate. The French Studies major can easily be combined with another major and is especially desirable when paired with a major such as Nursing, Engineering, English, or Journalism for instance.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Like to learn about cultures that use French as a language in North America, Europe, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and the Caribbean
  • Want to travel, broaden your horizons and engage with diversity
  • Plan to work internationally
  • Want to understand how the French-speaking world impacts and is shaped by globalization
  • Seek to gain proficiency in the French language and increase your overall communication skills in any job—domestically or overseas

Career Opportunities

  • International Education: ESL teacher in the US or overseas
  • International Development: health care industry worker, translator, community organizer, human rights agency or NGO worker, etc.)
  • Healthcare: doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, administrator, pharmaceutical product representative, NGO worker (Doctors without Borders)
  • International business: sales person, trader, sales representative
  • Tourism industry: director, hotel manager, travel agent, tour guide

Recent Employers

  • Ministère de l’Éducation, France
  • Sioux Falls, SD School District
  • The University of Oklahoma

Internship Opportunities

  • Human Rights Organization (Senegal)
  • Women’s Development
  • Organic Farming (France)
  • Sports and Leadership (Morocco)

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Journalism
  • Global Studies
  • Political Science
  • Leadership
  • Management

Clubs and Organizations

  • French Club

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.