Languages, Literature, and Cultures

French Minor

From "Bonjour!" to graduation day, as a French minor you will engage with French-speaking cultures and continue to improve your language skills throughout your journey.

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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.

New Approaches

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 minor before the end of the year!

Delving Deeper

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. Many French 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!

The Comp

By now, French will come easy to you, and you may have taken advantage of study abroad or internships. Some of our minors choose to incorporate aspects of French into their Senior Comp for their major. Career planning and exploration should be underway, and the Center for Career and Professional Development can assist in identifying paths that rely on all of the academic areas of learning you have explored.


Combine your French study with expertise in another field.

Because every Allegheny student pursues a major and a minor, 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. ”