French & Francophone Studies

French is spoken by over 300 million people worldwide and is an official language in 28 countries. Communicating proficiently in French expands your professional opportunities and enhances your growth as a citizen of the world.


At PLU, you will learn to speak, write, and comprehend French through interactive classes grounded in diverse media forms and cultural contexts. In every class, you will hone transferable communication skills and cross-cultural competency valued by employers. Many French & Francophone Studies courses fulfill elective credit for Global Studies; Gender, Sexuality, & Race Studies, and Communication (Film & Media Studies Concentration), opening possibilities for double majoring.

After PLU

PLU French & Francophone Studies majors and minors apply their skills in the Peace Corps and the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). They deepen their learning at top-ranked graduate programs at Johns Hopkins, Columbia, the University of London, and the Graduate Institute of Geneva in diverse fields: International Relations, French, Anthropology, Development. They are employed in K-12 education, international non-profit organizations, public policy think tanks, hospitality, ministry, and more.

Interested in majoring or minoring in French & Francophone Studies?

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