The official language of 29 countries, French is also the primary or second language at diplomatic and global organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and World Trade Organization. Our program allows students to develop their linguistic skills while gaining an appreciation for the cultures, civilizations and literature of the French-speaking world.
Our program covers all aspects of the language, from spoken discourse to written composition, with a focus on the development of target language grammar and expressions. Additional coursework explores culture and civilization by examining the literature, films and other cultural products of the French and Francophone world within their social, historical and cultural contexts.
We encourage students to seek new experiences that lead to proficiency in the language, exercise their responsibilities as global citizens and promote meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Students who major in French spend at least one semester studying in a French-speaking country, and internships abroad are supported wherever possible.
With just 11 courses required for the major, students have excellent opportunities to combine their study of French with programs such as European history, global business and economics, global studies or political science. Students who are interested in teaching French are encouraged to consider our world languages education program, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades K-12.
Life After Salve
Whether they pursue graduate programs or enter the workforce in such fields as business, international relations, medicine, law, teaching or government service, our graduates possess the oral and written communication skills needed for success, along with the flexibility to adapt to cultural differences in an ever-changing world.
Our recent alumni are pursuing careers and advanced degrees in fields such as:
- Health care
- Hospitality industry
- International marketing
- Nonprofit organization
- FBI agent
- Foreign service officer
- International business executive
- International development worker
- International relations specialist
- Peace Corps volunteer