French Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in French is designed to offer a balanced approach to the development of language skills and the acquisition of a broad and solid knowledge of the literature, culture, and civilization of France and the Francophone world.

The International Job Market

The student who wishes to work in international trade or business, in the diplomatic service, in government or international agencies, or social services should consider completing a double major or appropriate concentrations or minors in other areas., such as political science, economics, business, history, or social sciences. The demand for people trained in foreign languages and who understand foreign cultures is increasing. According to Money Magazine, many large multinational companies look for individuals with a global perspective, who have lived in a foreign country and speak the language. A major in a foreign language, especially when complemented by participation in a foreign study group or internship, can help prepare you for a number of interesting careers. Recent Fredonia graduates in French have found jobs in the following areas: teaching, travel (Air France, Crystal Tours), and publishing (book store manager), state environmental agency, banking, and law. A number of students at Fredonia choose to obtain a double major in foreign languages and another field such as economics, political science, history, Spanish, business, or psychology. A double major can add to your marketability.

The French program offers courses from the elementary level to advanced courses in conversation, composition and literature. Examples of upper level courses offered in French include: Literature and Culture of Quebec, Canada Today, French Women Writers, Depictions of Women in French Literature, etc. The program is designed to offer a balanced approach to the development of language skills and the acquisition of a broad and solid knowledge of the literature, culture and civilization of Francophone countries.

A study abroad program enhances the students' linguistic skills and develop their sensitivity and understanding of another culture.

Requirements for the major

Student Club and Activities

L'Alliance Des Amis Français (French Club) - Please see the Student Organizations tab on the left sidebar.

National French Honor Society

Pi Delta Phi Epsilon Rho Honor Chapter

  • To stimulate and encourage cultural activities that will lead to a deeper appreciation of France and its people.
  • To increase the knowledge and admiration of Americans for French contribution to world culture
  • To recognize outstanding scholarship in French language and literature.

Membership is open to all students who have completed five French courses with at least a B average.

Foreign Language Scholarship

The Thomas Goetz-Robert Rie Foreign Scholarships for Excelence in Modern Languages are awarded each year to one or two of upper level undergraduate foreign language majors who demonstrate outstanding academic ability and are recommended by the foreign language staff to the chairperson of the department. Financially these are very modest amounts, but very important to students for the recognition they bring to them for their personal achievements in the learning of a foreign language.

For further information contact any of the French faculty members or the department secretary, Ms. Mindy Ostrander, (716) 673-3380 who will take your message and pass it on to a member of the French faculty. Also, you may reach us through e-mail:

World Languages and Cultures Department Office

2113 Fenton Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3380