French is a primary language in parts of Western Europe, North and West Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec. French is also an official language used in many international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
If you’re interested in international relief work, international business, or international political affairs, French is an ideal language for you to study at Seattle Pacific University.
- Art History
- Foreign service
- Health care
- Interpretation / translation
- NGO work
- Travel industry
Course and degree requirements
The major and minor in French and Francophone Studies both offer an opportunity to study not only the French language, but also the broader Francophone world: nations, regions, and people who use French as their primary language for business, government, or education.
This major is a good option if you are considering a double major, pairing this major with Art History, English, Global Development Studies, Theology, Nursing, Business, History, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Political Science, or Communication.
The French and Francophone Studies major also includes a Study Abroad requirement, a senior paper, and, prior to graduation, an oral proficiency interview conducted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Admission to the major or minor
To apply for a major or minor in French and Francophone Studies you must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all college work applicable to the BA degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework in the Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department.
Apply for a major or minor online using the Major or Minor Application form.