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. We also offer teacher preparation for students who are interested in teaching French at the middle or high school level. Learn more about teacher preparation.
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.
Graduate School Placements
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Northeastern University School of Law
- Southern New Hampshire University
- University of Ottawa
- US Armed Forces
- Brown University
- New England Aquarium
- Canada Border Service Agency
- Quadrant Health Strategies
- Harper Collins
- Duxbury, Milton, Weymouth Public Schools
- Bristol Community College
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:
- Converse effectively, expressing opinions and feelings
- Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics
- Present information persuasively, conveying concepts and ideas with clarity
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.
- Study abroad: immerse yourself in French language and culture with a semester in France, Quebec, or another French-speaking area
- Internships and independent study: gain experience or investigate a specialized area of study
- Community: join the French Club or our chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society
- Honor Society: earn a place in our chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society
- Teacher preparation: Graduate with a bachelor's degree in French, a master's degree in teaching (MAT), and a Sheltered English Immersion endorsement that is required to instruct English Language Learners.
- Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
- Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
- Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
- University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills