• French is the native language of more than 250 million people, 20 million who live in the Americas (U.S.A., Canada, the Antilles, French Guyana).
  • French has always been one of the major languages of diplomacy.
  • As one of the most influential languages spoken in the European Union (EU), French retains its importance as a business and diplomatic language
  • Did you know that the EU controls 23% of the global economic performance; that its 15 members together command an economy 10% larger than the US economy and 64% larger than that of even Japan? The 370 million citizens of the EU rely on English and French as their major trade languages.
  • Are you considering majoring in Business? French is the language of many countries engaged in import/export with the U.S.A.
  • Because Canada is the most important trade partner for the U.S.A., French continues to be a valuable language for culture, travel, and commerce.
  • Two semesters of a foreign language are a required part of the humanities and liberal arts core curriculum at John Carroll University. Why not choose French?! (For further information on the core, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.)
  • The study of French is particularly helpful for art history, business, humanities, and political science majors.
  • Why not study the language of Descartes, Voltaire, Sartre, Rimbaud, Albert Schweitzer, and Foucault . . .
  • . . . and, as the French philosopher Montaigne urges in his Essais, our French program does not merely aim to fill your head chock full of facts and data, but rather to develop further your intelligence, so that you will be even more creative, resourceful, and intellectually refined. You will be well formed yet adaptable, ready to face the vicissitudes, as well as the joys, of the rest of your life as well as your future career.

Examples of Interdiscipinary Studies for French Majors & Minors:

  • International Business
  • French major or minor combined with Business French, including the opportunity to take the “Certificat Pratique” exam offered by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris.
  • International Economics & Modern Language – French
  • International Studies, a Program jointly sponsored by the Departments of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, — and Economics, History, Political Science, Art History and Humanities, Communications, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Sociology
  • World Literature
  • Educational Certification – Combine a K-12 Comprehensive Teaching Certificate with a French major!
  • Double major (French + 1 other language, or French + 1 other discipline of your choice)
  • Humanities Program
  • Be a French minor, in conjunction with any major offered at JCU!