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French Major

Did you know that by 2050 the most-spoken language in the world will be French? And, it is currently the language most translated into in the world? Spoken on five continents, French has a rich history that has affected nearly every field, from music and art to politics and business. With fluency in French you will be able to read philosophers in their native tongue, speak to people from all over the world and be more competitive on the job market. That’s right, many employers prefer individuals who can speak and write in French fluently. So study some French, and voila, the world will be yours.

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:

  • Advertising
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Educator
  • FBI agent
  • Foreign diplomat missionary
  • Foreign service officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Importer/exporter
  • International account manager
  • International banking officer
  • International business
  • International relations consultant
  • Nonprofit work
  • Proofreader
  • Study abroad coordinator/advisor
  • Tour guide/travel agent
  • Translator/interpreter
Meet Dain – French Major

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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