B.A. in French
Learn the French language and become a global professional.
University of Mississippi French majors study the language, linguistics, literature, history and culture of the French-speaking world. They gain the cultural awareness and intellectual strategies necessary to successfully navigate the interconnected and multicultural world in which we live.
Over 125 million people around the world speak French. It is the first or second language in more than 40 countries. French students attain strong language competence in listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing skills as well as the cultural knowledge necessary for interacting in professional or informal contexts.
A liberal arts education prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with diverse groups. Careers related to French include education, international business & banking, tourism, journalism, law translation, foreign service, cultural affairs, military service, and health care.
French majors have a wide variety of outside-the-classroom opportunities for language learning including participation in a living learning community, a French film series, and faculty-led study abroad opportunities.
B.A. in French Faculty
There are six French faculty in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi, with research interests in Medieval European literature, music and culture, manuscripts and material culture, 20th century French poetry and fiction, French cultural studies, literary theory, human-nature interactions in 17th and 18th century French literature, pastoral literature, and ecocritical and ecofeminist theory.
A major in French for the B.A. degree requires 30 semester hours beyond the 200 level, including French (Fr) 303, 304, and 331, and at least 9 hours at the 500 level. Students must complete a minimum of 9 of the 30 upper-division credits in residence on the University of Mississippi campus at Oxford, Tupelo, or Southaven. A maximum of 15 of the 30 upper- division credits for the major may be taken through an approved study abroad program.
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in French program are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements.
Christine (B.A. in French and international studies, 2006) studied abroad in Montpellier, France, and wrote a senior thesis on the topic on French public opinion about the European Union in the early 90s. Her path since graduation has included several marketing, communications, and strategic business positions in Paris and The Hague, Netherlands. She is currently the Director of Medical Education Oncology/Hematology for WEBMD-London, UK.
Why study French at UM?
"Learning a foreign language has been an amazing experience for me, it opens windows to different cultures and perspectives and opens doors to different career paths. French is a beautiful language and France is a beautiful country. It has always benefited me in my life and career to be able to speak it, right down to the day to day dealings I have in my job with my francophone clients all over the world such as Canada, France, and even North Africa where it is often a 2nd language."
Join the French Club, the French Language Table, and Pi Delta Phi, a French honor society.