French Undergraduate Program

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Undergraduate students can pursue a  major or a minor in French . Students who also wish to  study Italian or Spanish  may consider a BA in Romance Languages.

The University also offers special opportunities to:

CONTACT: Dr. Erica Cefalo| emcefalo@umd.edu
 
French is one of the great world languages used in global politics, international law, diplomacy, culture, and commerce with a significant presence in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Learning French will enhance your professional opportunities in a range of domains and provide access to an outstanding body of literature, criticism and research in the arts, in the humanities, in the social sciences, and the natural sciences.

The French faculty at UM are specialists in French and Francophone languages, linguistics, cultures, literatures, and cinema from the Early Modern period to the present. We are here to advise you on your course of study and to share our interests with you.

The Department strongly encourages all students of French to study abroad in a French-speaking environment. The Department administers a 3-week course in Montpellier and a semester or year-long option in Nice, and accepts transfer credits from other accredited programs.

The French Program also offers several unique opportunities for students to experience immersion outside the classroom such as living in the Language House Living & Learning Residential Program, participating in the Language Partner Program, and teaching in France after graduation.

Students who study abroad for one or two semesters, reside in the Language House, and teach in France following graduation exhibit a level of proficiency and cultural competency rare for non-native speakers.