Parlez-vous français? If you dream of learning the French language fluently, this is your major. Majoring in French at Queens includes intensive language training. Be prepared to spend a lot of time studying the nuts and bolts of grammar and translation. You will also walk away with a rich understanding of French literature, culture and history. The work pays off: Fluency in the French language opens the door to many exciting careers.
General Education Requirements
Perks of Being a French Major
- International Study
As a critical component of becoming fluent in French, you will participate in one (or more) of our international education programs - short-term faculty-led study tours, language immersion, study abroad or international internships. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself first-hand in French language and culture.
- Thrive in today's global economy
Fluency in a language other than your own is key to understanding and fully participating in today's global economy. In addition, being a foreign language major assures a holistic appreciation of cultural patterns and linguistic excellence.
- Earn your teaching licensure
You have the option to earn a licensure to teach French through coordination with our Cato School of Education.
You will have opportunities to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- Overseas aid agencies
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- Library of Congress
- U.S. State Department
- The United Nations
- Corporations with foreign subsidiaries
- Law firms
- Schools and universities
- Healthcare organizations
- Foreign news agencies
- Non-profit organizations
French minor Rika Tanuko '15 says, "My professors have become my mentors. I think this is what differentiates Queens from bigger universities. The students are not just numbers here. Instead we are more like a tight-knit family."
When You Graduate
Queens French majors go on to prestigious graduate schools and rewarding careers in a number of fields, including business, translation and interpretation, foreign service, education, law, diplomacy and government service, public policy, tourism, journalism and non-profits.
"Before attending Queens, I dreamed of starting an international school. I now run Ambassador Classical, an education program where students get together weekly to discuss history, science literature and study French. While at Queens, I went on a short-term faculty-led trip to Bordeaux, France which led to me to take an intensive teacher training course there. That initial trip really helped me get where I am now." - Greer Nabb '10
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.