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Program Description 

The French major provides a base of knowledge in language, literature, culture, professional French and film that can prepare you for exciting careers and open many doors to every continent of the world. The sequence of courses will lead to a senior capstone on a topic of research which fascinates you, and you will receive personalized mentoring for it. A French major can be combined with another major or minor.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Develop communication skills in the target language at the advanced level.  
  • Show understanding, appreciation and respect for another culture. 
  • Grow in critical and creative thinking in the target language.  
  • Grow awareness of social justice in another region.  
  • Gain insight into one's own language and culture.

Course Map 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Faculty-Led Summer study abroad programs for example at the Catholic University of Lyon 
  • Service-learning with the local Haitian community or with other immigrants or families from French-speaking Africa 
  • French Club on campus 
  • For several classes, students are given a tour in French of the collections at the Nelson-Atkins museum of art.  
  • Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society) 
  • Students have the opportunity to become French tutors in the Aylward-Dunn Learning Center on campus.  
  • French majors have been selected for scholarships at RU and to study abroad in France. Contact professor Madigan for more information on these at


  • Our French majors have won teaching assistantships from the French government for the TAPIF program to teach English in France. 
  • Graduates of the French program go on to pursue careers as French teachers, translators and in business.