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Spoken by more 200 million people on five continents, French is a globally important language of trade, culture and political systems and it is the second most commonly taught language in the world. French students at W&J learn the skills necessary to communicate in culturally appropriate ways with French speakers of diverse francophone communities. Courses range from beginning language to advanced topical seminars and immerse students in discovering “la francophonie.”

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J. Students in the French program may also be eligible for membership in the Pi Delta Phi French Honorary Society.

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


  • Teacher Certification in French
  • Journalism
  • Diplomacy
  • International law
  • Government
  • Banking
  • Patent law
  • Translation

French Faculty

Sharon Taylor, Ph.D. portrait

Program Chair

Sharon C. Taylor, Ph.D.

Office: Academic Affairs, Thompson Memorial Hall Degrees: Ph.D. McGill University; M.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst; A.B. Occidental College Areas of Study Sharon Taylor is Professor of French at Washington & Jefferson College. She also teaches courses in both the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and International Business Program. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include 20th-century French…


French Program Downloads

French Program Sheet

Version: 2019