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Spoken by more than 300 million people on five continents, French is a globally important language of trade, culture, and politics and it is the second most commonly taught language in the world. French students at W&J learn the skills necessary to communicate with French speakers of diverse francophone communities and to understand their distinct cross-cultural contexts.  

Courses range from beginning language courses to advanced seminars and immerse students in discovering the rich cultures, histories, and literatures of “la francophonie.” Over the course of their French study, majors and minors develop their skills in spoken and written communication to help them prepare for diverse careers in business, health care, and teaching. As the culmination of their studies in French, majors complete a capstone project of a research paper, an oral presentation on their intercultural experiences while studying abroad, or an electronic portfolio documenting achievement in the five national standards of cultures, communications, communities, comparisons, and connections. Additional information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

International Travel

  • Semester to year-long programs are offered at CIEE-Rennes, Sciences Po-Aix, and the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières
  • Summer Magellan projects and study abroad in French-speaking countries
  • Jay Term travel courses in January or May

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Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Modern Languages is to impart to all W&J students the skills, knowledge, and qualities necessary to communicate and interact in culturally appropriate ways with speakers of languages other than their own. The Department of Modern Languages is, therefore, a key component of a liberal arts education and serves the mission of the College by preparing students to become observant, responsive, and knowledgeable actors in our increasingly multicultural and global society.

Our Programs

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Arabic

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Beyond the Classroom

In addition to advanced French courses, French majors study abroad in France or Québec for at least one semester. Semester- and year-long programs are offered at USAC-Pau, Sciences Po-Aix, and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. While traveling and studying in Francophone communities, students develop their language skills and become immersed in Francophone culture.

We also offer summer Magellan projects and study abroad opportunities in French-speaking countries. There are also Jay Term courses in January or May that provide more chances to travel abroad.

Students in the French program may also be eligible for membership in the Pi Delta Phi French Honorary Society.

French Faculty