​​​Program Description

Foreign language courses prepare students for careers with international businesses and organizations, for graduate study, and to teach at the K-12 or postsecondary level. As you explore such careers or combine a foreign language with another degree, you'​ll have the option to study French language and culture for a summer, semester or entire year in Africa, France or Canada.

French is a major international language. It is the official language of many international entities, including the European Union and the United Nations. It is an official language or is widely spoken in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, North America (especially Canada) and Europe.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

French language graduates have careers:

  • in the corporate world;
  • as elementary or secondary teachers;
  • government employees;
  • journalists;
  • lawyers;
  • marketing specialists;
  • sales representatives;
  • tourism/hospitality specialists;
  • translators/interpreters; and
  • travel guides.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
High school teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)
Interpreter/translator$45,430 per year46% (29,300 more jobs)
Sales representative$57,870 per year9% (169,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the world languages and cultures website or contact:

Department of World Languages and Cultures
Pearce Hall 305
Email: fllc@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3786

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

French Major

Total: 30-33 semester hours
Required Courses I
(15 hours)
Select five courses from:
FRN 315
Conversation & Composition I
3
FRN 316
Conversation & Composition II
3
FRN 320
French Civilization
3
FRN 321WI
France Today
3
FRN 330
Survey of French Literature (Beginning to 1800)
3
FRN 331
Survey of French Literature (1800 to Present)
3
FRN 333
Francophone Literature and Culture
3
FRN 350
French and Francophone Film
3
FRN 353
Youth Literature in French
3
FRN 360
Literature and Culture of Quebec
3
FRN 370
French Pronunciation and Diction
3
FRN 391
Topics in French and Francophone Cultures
1-12
Required Courses II
(6 hours)
Select two courses from:
FRN 335
French for Business
3
FRN 340
Foreigners in France in the 20th and 21st Centuries
3
FRN 423WI
France at War in the 20th Century
3
FRN 460
Topics in Quebec Studies
3
FRN 531
Practicum in French Stylistics
3
FRN 591
Advanced Topics in French and Francophone Cultures
1-6
Required Courses III
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following for a minimum of 3 hours:
Note: Students unable to study abroad may substitute two (2) three credit French courses at the 300 level or above, with the approval of a French faculty advisor.
FRN 310
Study Abroad
1-18
FRN 410
Study Abroad
1-12
Electives
(6 hours)
Select electives in French at 300 level or above.