French Studies

There are many reasons to study French. You might want to live in Paris and work in the fashion industry, or travel the country, exploring the wonders of French culture. Earning a major or minor in French could also open doors to careers where intercultural communication is essential. Whether you want to go into education, marketing, tourism, medicine, law, or any other field, a second language can give you a significant advantage.

At NC State, majoring or minoring with a concentration in French combines the best of both worlds. You’ll get practical training in writing, conversation and reading – along with exposure to culture in the form of literature, cinema, art and music.

The Handbook for Foreign Language MajorsTutoring Information


As a Foreign Language major with a concentration in French, you have two options when it comes to your degree: the BA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French Language and Literature gives you a broad education in language and culture, or the BA in Foreign Language Education (French) concentration offers a customized track for future teachers.

French Concentration     French Education Concentration

Getting a minor in French is a smart way to make your degree even more marketable. No matter what your major is – from computer science to veterinary medicine – knowing how to speak a second language can set you apart from everyone else.

French Minor

Scholarships Opportunities

Speaking French Will Increase Your Job Opportunities and Salary Potential.

Life Outside the Classroom

With a concentration as rich and vibrant as French, you can’t help but have fun while earning your degree. After all, if you’re learning to speak a new language, you may as well find some interesting people to speak it with, right? NC State offers plenty of clubs, societies and activities to give you that extra joie de vivre.

French Societies, Clubs and Culture   French Web Resources

Two of French graduate students take on the Black Research Symposium at NC State! 

French graduate students Jiana Brown (1st year M.A. student) and Monique Zahui (2nd year M.A. student) presented their very first-ever conference presentation at the inaugural Black Research Symposium at NC State on March 24th. Moderated by assistant professor of French Dr. Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel, the title of their panel was "Afropeans in Films: Humor and Gendered Care in France and in Belgium." Jiana Brown's Paper entitled "The Fallacy of French Universalism in Il a Déjà tes Yeux" analyzed the French comedy genre as a failed attempt to question French universalism.  Monique Zahui's Paper entitled "Gendered Care in Belgium in Chez Jolie Coiffure by Rosine Mbakam" looked at the gendered care networks in afro-hair salons in contemporary Belgian documentary films. Their papers were well received and the delivery, content, and Q&A portion were handled in a way that made WLC so proud! Bravo Jiana et Bravo Monique!

Contact Us

Dr. Valerie Wust
French Section Coordinator

Dr. Meredith Fosque
French Major Advisor

Dr. Scott Despain
French Minor Advisor

Hannah Bollinger
French Education Advisor

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