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Want to use French in your future? French, like all foreign languages, expands your career and graduate school opportunities because it prepares you to live or work abroad. At. St. Kate's, you learn to apply French to diverse areas of study, including business, medicine, international relations, politics, art and theater.

Our French majors delve into the language, literature and civilization by taking enriching programs in French at all levels — and from faculty members who have a deep love for and appreciation of the language and culture.

Long-standing reputation

The French language has a rich, vibrant history at St. Kate's. Our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, hail from LePuy, France. Our faculty members have been recognized by the French government, including Professor Marie Philip Haley, CSJ. She earned an honorary doctorate from the Université de Rennes and the Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques for promoting the language and culture abroad.

Language assistants

St. Kate's language assistants will tutor you and offer fun-filled opportunities to speak French during a weekly conversational practicum. Always native speakers from Francophone countries, they are eager to share their culture with you.

Supportive community

St. Kate's French majors are a close-knit group who frequently collaborate. "This is a community where people support one another." says student Meghan Johnson. "I love the class sizes, and the professors honestly care for us. I know that once I graduate, they will also be my lifelong friends."

Study abroad

We encourage French majors to study at a university in a Francophone country. Our faculty lead short-term study trips abroad, and St. Kate's Global Studies office offers access to more than 50 semester- or year-long programs, January options and summer programs.

Alumna Jill Steinkogler combined her double major in French and healthcare sales with study abroad at the American University Center of Provence, France. Jordyn Arndt paired French and international business and economics with study abroad in Morocco, Senegal, Egypt and India.

Teaching licensure

If you're interested in teaching French at the K-12 level, visit St. Kate's education department or consult with your faculty advisor about licensure requirements. This path includes a teaching practicum at a local school.