French: An International Language
Did you know that French is considered one of the top three languages for international business in the world (along with English and Chinese)?
France is ranked as one of the top 5 countries in the world with the greatest scientific impact and is a leader in technological innovation. French is also the only language besides English spoken as a native or official language on 5 different continents, and it is one of the languages of the largest U.S. trading partners - Canada. One study found that French could be the most important international language within the next 50 years, due in part to growth of French speakers in francophone countries around the world, and the projected growing economic importance of French-speaking Africa. The number of French speakers in the world grew by 25% from 2010 to 2014, and will continue to grow at a rapid pace in the future.
So study French to gain a global perspective. Our program matches courses, study abroad, and international internships to give you the global skills employers want in the 21st Century. And our students get jobs! Check out some of the recent jobs by our French speaking students.
The French club (Cercle Francophone) is one of the most active clubs on campus. The club organizes many events throughout the year, including French movie nights, conversations groups, featured presentations, and many other activities. One of the most popular events is the annual French Club dinner, which has been going on for more than 20 years. The French Dinner attracts over 100 students and community members, and is a great way for our students to promote French. For current events or more information about the French Club, go to the Club page.
With small classes and lots of interaction with professors, French students create a strong bond among themselves. Anyone who is taking a French class - or even if they are not - is welcome to join the French club. Our French foreign exchange students add to the mix, providing many opportunities to practice speaking French and learning about French culture, and creating a cohesive, supportive group.