Overview

French is the world’s second most-studied second language, right after English.  It is a language of diplomacy, international organizations, cultural innovation, and scientific research.

Students who participate in the French program at Fairmont State are prepared to communicate internationally.  French is spoken in more than 40 countries on all continents.

Students can expect classes to work toward maximum proficiency speaking, listening, and writing in French.

The French program builds cultural knowledge and intercultural thinking, beginning with the first course.

Education students who include French in their academic plan could be in more demand and earn higher pay being able to teach a second specialization.

French as a double major adds value and increases marketability in any specialization.

Students with diverse interests and degree programs are encouraged to study abroad with an approved program for a portion of their French major or minor coursework.

Career Opportunities

The Fairmont State French program prepares students for careers in fields like education, fine arts, communication, political science, history, and business.  Graduates often become:

  • Teachers
  • Business, military, and public relations analysts
  • Translators
  • Diplomatic workers
  • Crosscultural trainers
  • Editors
  • International media workers
  • Writers
  • Consultants in a variety of fields