Say Bon Voyage with a French Degree


To learn French is to learn a rich and melodious language, often dubbed the language of love. But it’s more than that. One of the most common languages spoken in the world, French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, dance and architecture, and is widely spoken in many international organizations such as the United Nations. So, say bon voyage: An education in French opens up a world of career possibilities within and beyond our borders.

Why Choose French at SU?

At SU, our language programs have been colorfully designed to include literature, history, cultural studies and applied linguistics. Critical thinking infuses everything we do, from language learning to understanding poetry to study abroad.

Our program is distinctive because we have:

  • Talented and dedicated faculty. Our professors come to Salisbury from some of the best institutions in the nation for graduate study in literature, culture and pedagogy. Many of your professors will speak three or four languages. Your classes will be taught by expert educators who are active in their respective professions.
  • Small classes with the latest technology. Class sizes in our department never exceed 20 students, allowing individual students more one-on-one time with their professors. Our dedicated language classrooms are also equipped with the latest technology available, so students get the most out of their class time.
  • Study abroad requirements. We require our French majors to participate in a study abroad experience. We believe that an extended stay in another country is the best way to attain cultural and linguistic proficiency for the language. You may take advantage of our department abroad program in Martinique and our internship program in Paris.
  • Multicultural events. SU students can enjoy the French Week celebration each fall and the Cinco de Mayo festival each spring. Film festivals, language clubs, guest lectures, art exhibits and University-sponsored theme dinners all create a stimulating learning community.
  • Academic honors. Our top students are invited to become members of national honor societies such as Pi Delta Phi, as well as present their work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.


At SU, students may complete the French major in one of two tracks.


A background in foreign language gives you an edge in any job setting, from law and politics to social work and communications. Learning a second language opens many doors, but for the adventurous at heart, the following careers may appeal to you:

  • Field Researcher
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Liaison Officer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Travel Agent

Meet Dain – French Major

Hear what having a proficiency in another language means to Dain and how SU faculty pushed him to achieve his best.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty strives to further the University’s goal of preparing students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world.

SU is proud of our increasing number of students who study abroad as part of their college career.
Brian Stiegler, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for International Education

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