French is a language rich in literary and cultural traditions. An official language in 29 countries, for all United Nations agencies, and for the European Union, French remains one of the top three most useful languages for business.
As a French major at UMass Dartmouth, you'll study the culture, language, and literature of the French-speaking world. You'll develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cross-cultural communication as you explore topics in areas such as linguistics, civilization, film, cultural diversity, equality, political rights, social justice, and the entertainment industry.
A degree in French will prepare you for careers, including digital media, entertainment, business, law, justice, communications, education, hospitality, travel, government service, international development and aid, journalism, publishing, linguistics, social services, translation and interpreting.
Students are strongly encouraged to consider combining the French major with another minor, double majoring, combining a French minor with another major, or choosing the French concentration as part of the Liberal Arts major.
Jesse Waidler '16 focused his undergraduate studies on history and French before pursuing his master's in education.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the French language and an awareness of its social and cultural influences. You'll learn how to:
Gain proficiency in French with a minor and improve your career opportunities. No matter what your field—business, science, psychology, public policy, or the arts—a French minor complements your area of specialty and gives you a competitive edge in the marketplace.