Why do so many want to learn French? Whether for personal or professional enrichment, learning French will help you make connections near and far.
- French is the 5th most spoken language in the world, 2nd most studied after English, and is easy to in learn for speakers on English.
- It is among the most common official languages of international organizations.
- Four of the ten largest foreign direct investment sources in the US economy in 2017 are countries where French is an important official language.
- Three of the top fifteen national export revenue sources for the US were countries where French is an important official language.
- The total revenue from these three was $357.2 billion, supporting 1,814,576 US jobs by latest trade.gov statistics.
Why learn French at UW-Eau Claire?
Our French program has gained national attention and recognition because of the quality of its teachers and courses. The course "Cajun Watershed & Intercultural Immersion Program" received an ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative Award (November 2015). The French program itself was recognized as an AATF National Exemplary Program with Honors (April 2017). In our French courses, from the 100 to the 400 levels, students are actively engaged in increasing their language proficiency while learning varied aspects of the Francophone cultures. Our program positively impacts graduates' quality of life by (1) making them stand out on the job market, (2) preparing them for in-depth travel experiences, (3) developing empathy by giving them insights in other cultures, and (4) turning them into life-long language learners.
Below is a brief overview of the French majors and minors. If you want more in-depth information about the courses involved, take a look at the catalog. To contact a French professor, visit our faculty/staff page.
The department of languages is great. As a student of both Spanish and French I've gotten to know quite a few of the professors in this department. They are all incredibly nice and helpful. They want you to succeed and they are all welcoming and willing to answer any questions you have.
Click on the links below to see the current requirements for each major and minor.
For printable advising guides check out the Department of Languages Blugold Insider page. Just use your UWEC username and password to log in.
You will have the opportunity to study two years of French. After this introduction, you will then dig deeper into composition, conversation, culture, literature and more.
Provides a general foundation of the French language and culture.
Get prepared to share the French language and culture with the future through courses in composition and conversation, literature and phonetics. You will develop a cross-cultural understanding rooted in a liberal arts education.
French, Teaching Minor
A nice addition to any teaching major. This minor is restricted to students in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The following areas of concentration are available:
Education Studies: Option B or C and leads to licensure to teach French in this area of concentration
Education Studies: Option A and lead to licensure to teach French in this area of concentration
Education Studies: Option C and leads to licensure to teach French in this area of concentration when combined with a major in another foreign language at the the Early Childhood through Adolescence level.
Change your major
To change your major to French, please contact the languages department using the information below, and they will help you get going!