Why Study French?

  • Studies have shown that language majors do better on standardized tests, have better reading and writing skills, and are one of the highest-paid liberal arts majors.
  • French majors often double major in another liberal art: history, political science, international relations, or English are all very common subjects to pair with language study. And this makes sense: studying French and international relations, for example, sets students up for lots of possibilities later in life, and gives students a rich understanding of global issues. But some of the most interesting ways to utilize your French major are more out of the box. Students majoring in French and Biology, for example, have the opportunity to study abroad in Angers, where UCO has world-class programs in biology and environmental science. Upon return to Carroll, students have this really unique profile that is very attractive to employers, whether it be in medicine or another field.
  • Second language study boosts self-confidence, critical thinking skills, and intercultural and global understanding.
  • French is arguably the most useful second language to study in terms of international careers and experiences, as it is spoken by over 125 million people in 40 countries on every continent.
  • France’s economy is the fifth largest in the world; more than 1,200 French companies have subsidiaries in the US.
  • French, with English, is the most important language of international organizations such as the UN, UNESCO, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Health Organization.

I feel the most important thing I learned [through French study and study abroad] is if you don’t understand another language you can’t really understand another’s culture. I realized that the United States is really just a teenager as far as its culture is concerned and there is so much to be learned from other, older, cultures.” - Mary Dahl Frank ‘75

I loved being able to operate independently in a foreign language, and all the ways this internally and externally liberated me to live freer and be bolder.” - Katie Beall ‘09

I decided to take French because it’s a beautiful language, and it’s an important language. People all over the world speak French as both a first and second language. I wanted to see the world through different eyes, and French has helped me do that.” – Cassandra Offt, ‘18