Undergraduate Program Information
The French major exposes students to cultures, literatures and a language that play a central role in world history. Through a wide-ranging curriculum, students majoring in French acquire critical skills, advanced capabilities in reading and speaking, as well as an in-depth knowledge of French and Francophone culture that is highly valued in graduate and professional schools and by employers.
Our major affords specialization in one of three tracks: literature, culture and linguistics. In all three, the courses are taught by a highly distinguished faculty, one of a handful in the U.S. whose combined expertise covers all periods of French literary history. Our curriculum touches on an unusually varied range of topics, including literature, visual arts, gender studies, language, current political issues, music, film and theater.
French majors are also offered many opportunities to develop a more direct knowledge of contemporary France, either in the French Department’s Summer Program in Paris; or in a semester- or year-long study abroad program; through internships; or through teaching assistantships in France sponsored by the French government.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in many different fields, from K-12 education to business, to translation and interpretation, medicine, international relations, scientific research and law.
Graduate Schools attended by recent French majors include:
Find Out What’s Possible:
* Immerse yourself in French language and culture on campus by living in the French House at Douglass or by participating in the French “Living and Learning” community on College Avenue.
* Participate in the Rutgers Summer Program in Paris, where classes are taught in the morning, afternoons are spent visiting neighborhoods and museums, and evenings are dedicated to theater, music and dance.
* Obtain interdisciplinary certificates in areas such as International Studies, French Commerce, and Romance Linguistics. Interdisciplinary studies involving French can also be pursued through the minors in Medieval Studies and Cinema Studies.
* Earn course credits for teaching beginning French and engaging children in art, puppet theater, cooking and other aspects of French and Francophone culture in a New Brunswick elementary school.
* Combine the offerings of two departments in a unique French/History major providing a rigorous study of the history of France and other French-speaking countries and an in-depth study of their literatures and cultures.
* Participate in University-wide activities and programs with an international focus. French majors have been involved in projects based in the Zimmerli Art Museum and in the Center for European Studies.