​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s French major with a professional French concentration is designed for students who are pursuing careers in business, government work, journalism, the health professions or fashion. Students in this program will spend a full semester abroad, where they will complete a professional internship in a setting where French is the language of work.

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: Professional French Concentration

At least 30 hours at the 300 level or above. The French Major: Professional French Concentration is designed for students of French who expect to use their French as an adjunct skill in their professional life outside academe. Ordinarily this will be students of business, but it also includes students planning to enter professions as wide-ranging as government work, journalism, the health professions, apparel design and merchandising, and others. Students enrolled in the program are required to spend a full semester abroad, during which time they will complete an internship in an appropriate and approved professional setting where French is the language of work.
Total: 30 semester hours
Core Courses
(6 hours)
FRN 315
Conversation & Composition I
FRN 316
Conversation & Composition II
Required Courses I
(9 hours)
Three courses from the following, to be selected in consultation with a French Advisor:
FRN 320
French Civilization
France Today
FRN 335
French for Business
FRN 350
French and Francophone Film
FRN 353
Youth Literature in French
FRN 391
Topics in French and Francophone Cultures
FRN 420
Literature and Culture of Quebec
Required Courses II
(12 hours)
Completion of this concentration requires one semester of study abroad during which the student will enroll for 12 credits (6 hours each of FRN 310 and FRN 410). The study abroad experience includes participation in an internship.
FRN 310
Study Abroad
FRN 410
Study Abroad
(3 hours)
Select 3 hours at the 300 level or above in consultation with an advisor.