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Often called “the language of love,” French is widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful and beloved languages. It is prominent in art, literature, music and fashion worldwide.

Why Choose French?

More than 250 million people around the world speak French. It is known as a language of diplomacy and commerce, and is the official language of many international organizations including the International Olympic Committee, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

Conversation and Culture

As a French major, you will become fluent in reading, writing and speaking the language, while also learning about French culture worldwide. The core French courses focus on grammar, composition and conversation, while cultural classes examine topics including:

  • French culture through film
  • Aspects of French culture
  • French civilization
  • The French short story
  • French theater of the 20th century
  • Francophone literature and culture

Our Global City

There is no better place to learn a language than a global hub like New York City. You will have many experiential opportunities that take you out of the classroom and into the world including:

  • Trips to museums and galleries in New York City
  • Plays, concerts and lectures, both on campus and throughout NYC
  • International study abroad programs
  • Internships at magazines, museums, film companies, hospitals and schools
  • Language conversation tables

What Will You Learn?

The French major combines practical language skills with literary and cultural studies. As a French major, you will:

  • Become fluent in reading, writing and speaking French
  • Understand how this language works in comparison to English
  • Learn about the rich history, literature and art of the countries where French is spoken
  • Gain a critical understanding of and appreciation for the culture of the people who speak the language

French is also offered as a minor.

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What Will You Do?

Majoring in French provides you with practical language and critical thinking skills that open the door to many career paths. Teaching the language to others, working in international business, or starting a career in government are just some of the options to consider.