The French program allows its students to study the language, literature, and culture of France and French-speaking countries. Graduates of the French Minor are expected to have an understanding of and proficiency in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing French; to be acquainted with the phonology of modern French dialects and to explore the sound system; to be able to read, discuss, critique and appreciate the literary value of Francophone literature; and to be familiar with and appreciate Franco civilization and culture. Opportunities to study in Canada or France are provided.
Some graduates with a minor in French are teachers and professors, while others work for the federal government or with major corporations concerned with international business. They are also prepared for a variety of other positions, such as court translators, interpreters, and hotel managers in resort areas.