French

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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.”

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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Research and Internships
Careers After W&J
  • Teacher Certification in French
  • Journalism
  • Diplomacy
  • International law
  • Government
  • Banking
  • Patent law
  • Translation
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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.

French Faculty

French News

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Graduating with Honors: Nine Students Cap Off Senior Year Research with Virtual Presentations

November 1, 2020

Nine students completed Honors Projects in 2020.

Alondra Martinez Osorno at Washington & Jefferson College

W&J Senior One of Only 15 in Nation to Receive NIH Scholarship Award

September 28, 2020

Alondra Martinez Osorno won a prestigious award from The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research center in the U.S.

French Events

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