French at Western
- At Western, students may double major with almost every
other major offered on campus. In most cases, students still
complete all requirements in 4 years. A semester abroad can
further reduce the time required to complete French degree
- The French Program offers multiple ways to be immersed in
French. Exchange programs allow
students to spend a semester or year at a French university for
the same cost of studying at Western. Short-term summer
immersion programs are tailored to the needs and budget of
individual students. Scholarships and other financial aid
ensures that every French major who wants to study abroad will
be able to do so. Language tables, film series, and cultural
events provide opportunities to use French outside of class.
Western French Faculty
take great interest in their students and their progress and
are available to them year around. French majors are assigned a personal advisor and mentor
whom they meet privately on a regular basis (at least once per
semester) throughout their studies. The French faculty not only
help majors develop a four-year degree plan, they also advise
them on study abroad, internships, jobs, and graduate school
well before senior year rolls around. Seniors work closely with the French faculty concerning their post-graduation
plans and the various options available to them at that crucial
time in their life.
- The Western French Program is a diverse community of students
(current and past), scholars, and friends who share the same
passion for and unremitting commitment to the study of France
and the rest of the Francophone world.
- Since the majority of Western French students also double major in
another discipline and because of the many international
exchanges, our students get to know people from many
different places and with many different interests.
- The Western French club,
l’Alliance Française, sponsors
frequent cultural events and venues for keeping our students
informed and immersed in Francophone cultures. Alumni, exchange
students and French speakers in the community add to the rich
opportunities for language practice outside of class.
- In the Western French Program, the Faculty and students
understand the value of hard work.
Consequently, Western French courses and instructors are very
demanding, providing students with rigorous but always
informative and practical training that will serve them well
beyond their college years, regardless of what they end up
- All Western French courses are interactive and practical.
For example, students learn how to demonstrate their
language expertise with performance-based assessment. Rather
than traditional grammar and vocabulary tests, our students
have fun showing what they can do with French. See for
- All Western French majors love French, of course, but most
importantly they do not settle for less. They are expected to
speak French and to read and to write it extensively at all
levels. Consequently, whatever their field of interest, they
will be able to engage in that field using French, which means
living and working anywhere in the world.
- Typical Western French majors and alumni have traveled,
studied, and worked overseas. Many have been hired by the French
government as teaching assistants in France. Others have been
awarded highly competitive scholarships (such as the Rotary
International Ambassadorial Scholarship), have been offered
positions in the Americas, Europe, and Africa and have been
accepted in prestigious graduate programs (see
Western French Alumni).
They have learned to be open and to be respectful of diversity, but most of all to be loyal to their passion.
A DEGREE IN FRENCH:
YOUR KEY TO THE WORLD!