- Offered as:
The study of French not only provides a comprehensive and practical understanding of using the French language, but also develops intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and appreciation of the humanistic context of international cultures.
Specialization tracks available
- Strengths of the program
- French is an excellent complement to other disciplines, including business, communications, management and information systems, engineering, history, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.
- The school's Language Learning Resource Center provides the latest in language learning technology, such as access to almost 40 computers, two HD TVs with VCR and Blu-Ray DVD players and the ability to check out other equipment. The Language Learning Resource Center also offers a fully trained staff on hand to provide assistance as needed. Students can find the center in Thompson Hall, room 210.
- The school offers four different faculty-led study abroad programs for Spring and Summer. Students can choose to study abroad during Spring break in Guatemala, or study abroad in the Summer in Paris, Berlin, or Berlin/Austria. To learn more about these faculty-led study abroad experiences, visit the school's website. Study abroad provides students a wide range of opportunities for adventuring, learning, and engaging with the foreign language and culture. Students can earn course credit while studying abroad in another country. Visit the Office of International Programs Study Abroad Programs for more information.
- Scholarships are offered annually to new and ongoing students, and for study abroad. Visit the school's scholarship page.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For students in foreign languages
The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $50,000 in scholarships each year. For more information, see the CAS scholarships page.
The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad.
A major in French can be useful in various aspects of international business or service work that requires communication with clients who speak the French language in such places as Europe, Africa, and some provinces of Canada.
With additional study, a major in French can lead to work as a teacher of French at the high school or college/university level.
Marketable skills for any career
Proficiency in a foreign language can improve your value and broaden your options in almost any career you choose.
What you can do with a degree in foreign languages and cultures:
- Translation and interpreting services
- Customs and immigration
- Public relations
- Travel and tourism
- Law enforcement
- Health services
- Publishing, editing
Skills you can market with a degree in foreign languages and cultures:
- Ability to speak languages other than English
- Cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Effective written and oral communication
- Reading and listening comprehension
- Critical analysis and problem solving
- Intellectual curiosity
- Ability to work solo or as a team member
- Time management and organization