The French program at Marquette University provides students with the opportunity to develop linguistic proficiency in one of the most widely spoken languages the world of business and diplomacy while learning about the rich and diverse cultures of Francophone Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. The goal of the undergraduate program is twofold: to master all four skills of language acquisition (speaking, understanding, reading and writing), and to gain in-depth knowledge of content areas related to French language and to the great diversity of Francophone arts, philosophy, politics and history. Majors in French may combine studies with other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Students considering careers in international business, international affairs, diplomacy, education, philosophy, history, law, or communications are particularly encouraged to pursue a double major or a minor in French. Four distinct concentrations are offered: Francophone Arts and Cultures, Francophone Societies and Civilizations, Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Language for Education Majors, and the interdisciplinary Francophone Studies. Each concentration, with the exception of the additional requirements for Education majors, consists of eleven courses (33-34 credit). This excludes the elementary level language courses and Intermediate French 1 (FREN 1001 Elementary French 1, FREN 1003 Intensive Elementary French, and FREN 2001 Intermediate French 1.

Students may elect to complete a minor in French which consists of seven courses (21-22 credit hours), excluding the elementary language courses and Intermediate French 1 ( FREN 1001 Elementary French 1, FREN 1003 Intensive Elementary French and FREN 2001 Intermediate French 1).

French Faculty

Dr. Boubakary Diakite

Dr. Sarah Gendron

Dr. Jeanette Kraemer

Dr. Jennifer Vanderheyden






International Education at Marquette

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