Languages, Literature, and Cultures

French Major and Minor

From "Bonjour!" to your Senior Comp, a French major will engage you with French-speaking cultures from day one and will keep improving your language skills until graduation and beyond.

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Your Four-Year Journey

Students often combine French with a major or minor in Art, Economics, Education Studies, History, International Studies, or Political Science.

Understand the basics of language and culture. You can start from the very beginning if French is new to you or if you've studied French before. We'll ensure you start in a suitable class to make the most of what you already know while building a solid foundation for the coming years.

Your second year is a great time to reach out to the French-speaking community on campus. If you haven't already, try having lunch at a French table once a week or apply to live in the French house in the Max Kade Wing, where you'll speak French all the time and have a native speaker for a roommate. Don't forget to declare your French major or minor before the end of the year!

By now, you'll be advancing your language skills and gaining rich knowledge of its culture. Nothing helps you do that more than studying in a French-speaking country. Most French majors or minors go abroad in their third year. Visit the Global Education Office about your options and talk with your advisor to ensure you don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime immersion opportunity!

By now, you've had an unforgettable time abroad, speaking French comes easy to you, and you might even have a bit of reverse culture shock when you return home to Allegheny! For most students, the Senior Comp is the defining feature of their major in the fourth year. You'll start by choosing a topic related to a French-speaking culture. Then, a professor will work with you to refine, research, and develop it. Finally, you'll write an extensive thesis in French in the spring semester!


Complete a Senior Research Project in French.

Every student works closely with a professor to research a topic their choice, and does their research and writing in French!

Combine your French study with expertise in another field.

Because every French major also has a minor, and many double major, you'll graduate ready to put your finely-tuned language and cultural skills to work in a field of your choice.

Get more "talk time."

Allegheny's small classes mean you have more time to practice the language in class.

Join a close-knit community.

You'll get to know other language students and be part of a community of students who love language in and out of the classroom.

Career Outcomes


of Allegheny graduates are employed, in grad school, or in full-time service within six months.


Acceptance rate to graduate and professional school for Allegheny students


of US employers need multilingual employees

Derek Reno, Alumnus

Class of 2016, Environmental Science and French Double Major

“ The faculty are top-notch professors and are a wealth of information about both the language and the culture. With their help, I’ve been able to drastically increase my fluency in the French language. ”