Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is French?

As a French major, you'll learn to think critically about literature and other aspects of culture while developing proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding French. As you analyze works from France and related regions, you will discover the varied ideologies and philosophies implicit in French-language cultures.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

National reputation

Miami's French program is one of the nation's best-known among non-doctoral degree-granting departments. We've been a magnet for good professors from top Ph.D.-granting institutions. Although our professors have a national reputation for their publications, their focus is teaching undergraduates.

Study abroad

The best way to experience French culture is to live among native French speakers. We offer an advanced program every summer in Dijon, France. The department also has a large file of other foreign study programs in which Miami students can participate. You may speak with the Chief Departmental Adviser for assistance in choosing the study abroad program that best fits your needs and in transferring study abroad credits to Miami in order to complete your degree requirements.

Communicate internationally

You can view important events from around the world on SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning), the international news programming network that is part of Miami's academic cable television system, as is TV 5, the international, French-language television service. You also have access to international networks and bulletin boards through email and the Web.

Expand your career options

The foreign language majors at Miami are designed to allow you to complete a second major within four years. This broadens your education as well as your career possibilities.

Modern facilities

The Interactive Language Resource Center (ILRC) welcomes all students at Miami University and is the technical hub of the three foreign language departments. Students enrolled in language courses use the ILRC to supplement and enhance their foreign language courses with language specific computer assisted language learning (CALL) software, access internet and network applications, and use various language learning specific software. Since the 1950s, when the Language Laboratory first opened to the public, the ILRC has strived to stay technologically advanced and up to date with the current trends in language learning techniques.

The ILRC serves an average of 17,800 visits each academic year. Since the ILRC began operations in 1956, we have recorded over 1,030,000 student visits to our facilities. Students have access to online movies and videos through our ILRC-Online video and file server. Up-to-date and current software allows students to create papers, reports, presentations, access the web, play simulated role-playing games, communicate and conference with each other, as well as have the resources to create many other projects and assignments. Students can print either black and white or color copies with our Pay-to-Print system.

The ILRC also assists other areas in the university, such as students in the departments and programs of American Studies, American Culture & English Program, Communication, Educational Psychology, English, Film Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, the Western Program, and even Accounting! We also assist the Graduate College and the College of Education with SPEAK testing (for all incoming graduate students whose native language is not English), Oral Proficiency Testing, and Written Proficiency Testing in several languages through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The ILRC also assists the College of Arts and Science, the four language departments, and the College’s Advising Office with the administration and maintenance of the foreign language placement exams throughout the year.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

In addition to Global Miami Plan Foundation classes, you'll take 33 semester hours in French coursework in order to complete the major. Classes include "Conversation and Current Events in France," "Topics in French Cinema," "French Civilization," and "The Romantic Movement in French Literature."

What can I do with this major?

Recent graduates work in international business, the international travel industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and teaching. Some have gone on to graduate schools such as Brown, Chicago, Cornell, Iowa, NYU, Princeton, and U.S.C. Miami's graduate program in French offers a Master of Arts degree. Graduates of the M.A. programs include college professors (at Kenyon, Vanderbilt, and Vassar), lawyers, high-school teachers, and a government customs official.

Like other liberal arts backgrounds, a major in foreign language and literature serves as a good base for careers in fields where broad educational experience is more important than a strictly vocational major. Combining language knowledge with other skills can lead to positions in such diverse areas as journalism, business, tourism, and government service. A second major or minor are options many language students choose to help achieve their career goals.

Some job titles directly related to foreign-language study are interpreter, travel agent, foreign correspondent, translator, librarian, immigration inspector, radio announcer, Peace Corps member, international public relations specialist, and international market researcher.

Many language majors take advantage of our university's teacher certification program and work in public and private schools. An undergraduate degree in a foreign language is a solid foundation for graduate work in international business, law, diplomacy, library science, or more specialized study in language.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of French and Italian
207 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056