Parlez-vous français? Fluency in the French language opens the door to many exciting careers. Languages provide a job advantage in a global economy. More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries, and need workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. In today's global environment, the knowledge of other languages and cultures is an absolute necessity, not only for economic and political survival, but also for international cooperation in dealing with problems facing the world today. At Queens, you will receive superior language training, and you will learn French literatures, cultures and history.
Perks of Being a French Major
- International Study
As a critical component of becoming fluent in French, you will participate in our international education program. Options include short-term faculty-led programs, language immersion, study abroad or international internships. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself first-hand in French language and cultures.
- 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 French major assures a holistic appreciation of cultural patterns and linguistic excellence.
- Earn your teaching licensure
You will 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 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