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Program Description

Instructors with diverse backgrounds and top-notch language lab facilities make OU's French program magnifique. Students studying French at OU are immersed in language and culture in order to foster an overall understanding of French and the people who speak it. Starting with a firm base in grammar and composition, students perfect their speaking, listening and writing skills to become masters of the language.

The Language Learning Center provides students with the most up-to-date technology for language instruction by providing students with access to online media, computer-based language programs and foreign films.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics encourages its students to study abroad to give them an hands-on-experience, and OU has exchange programs with a number of French universities.

Degree Options

A French student graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in French degree. Students have the option to pursue a Master of Arts in French at the graduate level.

Many French students continue their education by pursuing graduate-level studies.

Interests & Skills

A student studying French typically has interests in foreign language, communication, writing, human relations and teaching. High school preparation should include French language study.

Notable Achievements

Several students and faculty members of the French program have been recognized for various awards, including the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Several students have moved on to law school and such exciting career opportunities as officers in the U.S. Department of State.

Faculty members in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics have published numerous books. Because the department's faculty is active in research, they can present to their students the most current research findings, changing critical perspectives and scholarly debates. Many professors offer students the chance to participate in research through independent study and Honors Research Assistantships, and each spring, Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics students present papers at Undergraduate Research Day.

Your Future

Types of Employers

International businesses
United Nations
U.S. Department of State
Secondary schools
Government agencies
Colleges and universities

Recent Graduates Jobs

Teacher, French Ministry
    of Education
Intern, United Nations
Lecturer, Universite d'Auvergne

Experienced Alumni Jobs

Freelance translator
Associate professor
French teacher, secondary
    schools around the world

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Contact Us

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Phone: (405) 325-6181