Why learn French?

French is spoken by over 220 million persons worldwide, throughout Africa and Europe, as well as in the Americas and Asia, and, according to the Organisation Internationale de la Franchophonie, it is expected to reach between 700 million and l billion speakers by 2050. The sixth most widely spoken language in the world, it is the second most widely learned foreign language, one of six working languages of the United Nations, and one of three procedural languages of the European Union, alongside English and German. French-speaking countries contribute to approximately 1/5th of the global economy, and French remains one of the most important diplomatic languages in international agencies and organizations, such as NATO, the World Health Organization, Interpol, the African Union, the International Olympic Committee, the World Trade Organization, the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, etc.

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Undergraduate Degree(s) offered:

Bachelor of Arts with a major in French:

Minor in French

Undergraduate bachelors of arts in French 4-year degree map


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Get a Major in French at OSU

Depending on your previous experience with French you may be able to enroll in:

Track I Major offering (45 credits)
New Track II Major offering (proficiency exam, then 36 credits)

For more information, contact World Languages and Cultures:


French major and minor are offered on the Corvallis and E-campuses.  The same courses are required for each, regardless of campus.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Literacies
    • Demonstrate Intermediate-High or equivalent proficiency on an officially certified oral examination in a language other than English.
    • Read and analyze written literary and nonfiction genres from multilingual and non-English speaking cultures in their original language.
    • Understand, analyze, and interact with visual and multimodal genres such as film, video, and social media from multilingual and non-English speaking cultures.
  2. Identities and Intersections
    • Explore and reflect on the experiences of members of linguistic or cultural communities that have been historically marginalized due to race, gender, sexual identity, social class or other social constructs.
    • Understand, analyze and reflect on personal identity and positionality in global/polycultural contexts.
    • Describe ways in which linguistic behavior is used to reinforce social identities.
  3. Social Architecture and Power
    • Understand and explain the concept of colonialism and identify its social and economic effects in different parts of the world.
    • Describe the role of language in creating and maintaining systems of ideological and social control.
  4. Intercultural Engagement
    • Interact with community organizations affiliated with multilingual and non-English speaking communities.
    • Experience everyday life in multilingual and non-English speaking communities for at least one full term.
    • Integrate academic topics from the classroom with multilingual/polycultural interpersonal relationships.