Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

Learning French, as a language and as a culture, is a useful tool for your personal and professional development. French is an official language in 28 countries across five continents, comprising 200 million speakers worldwide. There is a constant demand for French speakers in the fields of business, marketing, international relations, finance, science, technology, and more. An ability to speak French and English is an advantage in the international job market, opening doors to companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa). Through the French program, you learn how to write, speak and understand French with confidence, preparing yourself for the international stage in your chosen field.

Program Description

The French program's coursework encompasses the spectrum of French impact on the world. Topics include language, culture, arts, history and even specialized topics and independent study. You could also pair French as a dual major in conjunction with another discipline. Adding French as a second major allows a student to greatly enrich their academic profile and job placement potential. In addition, the French program partners with the Office for Service Learning, requiring (upper level) students to participate. The symbiotic partnership is rooted in the Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis, or care for the individual person, as students work directly with a native French speaker. On a weekly basis in the Canisius library, you will help these native French speakers practice their English. In turn, you will gain experience and confidence in your use of the French language.


You will be invited to join Le Cercle Fran├žais, the French club of Canisius College, which holds several events each semester that concentrate on topics of French culture and practiced conversation. You will be invited to weekly conversation groups, where students enjoy a laid back atmosphere and converse in French, usually guided by professors and study abroad students from France. Canisius also hosts numerous French cultural events that highlight everything from film to food, broadening your experience domestically. 

You'll have four study abroad opportunities available through Canisius, including Lille, Strasbourg, Paris, and Meudon. These programs allow students to completely immerse themselves in the culture and language for a monumental educational experience. Proximity to Canada also allows French students at Canisius to interact with a major French speaking population and the United States' top trading partner.


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