Discover the unique cultures, literatures, and histories of France and the francophone countries while you study one of the world’s most globally used languages.









Total Credit Hours: 120

French Major Courses (33 hours)

General Education (up to 45 hours)

Electives (51 hours)


What You'll Study

Develop your proficiency in spoken and written French through coursework in literature and language. You will learn about France’s many historical periods, along with their cultural movements. Our program offers opportunities to study abroad with our faculty in Paris and Senegal to experience French culture outside of the classroom. Take advantage of the flexibility our program offers to pursue a double major in another area of interest.

You'll take 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways or Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE). We offer classes such as:

  • Introduction to Francophone Studies
  • French Culture and Civilization
  • Studies in French Literature
  • Advanced Composition and Stylistics
  • French for Oral Proficiency

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What Is a Degree in French?

Become an expert in this historical language by learning French composition, grammar, and translation. You'll gain analytical, writing, and public speaking skills that will prepare you for your future profession. You will also develop a strong knowledge of the French culture and francophone world. 

Why Study French Here?

Work one-on-one with our dedicated faculty as you become fluent in the language and culture. You'll find small class sizes, which ensure that you will get to know your professors and they will know you. Our program is known to graduate students who go on to further their education or secure employment. 

Beyond the Classroom


We share a deep committment to undergraduate teaching, and our esteemed faculty have recieved numerous teaching awards. Learn with them in small class sizes and study abroad opportunities. 


Get Experience

As you complete undergraduate research, you'll have opportunities to submit your work to conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals, including Philologia

We offer internships in a variety of fields, including the U.S. State Department, Intrax Internships Abroad, International Student Volunteers, World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.


Virginia Tech in Paris, France

Imagine yourself in the world's most romantic city. Tailored to your level of French, our experienced faculty will lead you on guided tours of Paris. You'll explore castles in the Loire Valley, lights in Chartres, and art in Giverny.

Virginia Tech in Senegal, West Africa

Encounter French influence in the Wolof community of exotic Senegal. As you immerse yourself in the language and culture, you'll visit the stunning Lac Rose (the pink lake) and the chilling slave house on Gorée Island. 



Get Involved 

Join our French club, Le Cercle Francophone, or our chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. We encourage appreciation of francophone culture and recognize your outstanding scholarship in French language. 

To work on your conversational skills, attend The Cercle Francophone. We meet weekly and plan activities and interactions with native-speakers. You can also volunteer with Teach for Madame, which facilitates a French after-school program for local children. 


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Careers and Further Study


What do I do with a French Major?

French is an official language of the United Nations and is used in many regions of the world. You'll have a shared appreciation for francophone culture and language with over 220 million speakers. Our graduates pursue careers such as: 

  • International Business Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer 
  • Global Account Manager
  • Bilingual Communications Officer
  • Curator/Archivist
  • University Professor
  • International Project Manager
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Teacher in the US and abroad



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