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French

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What is French?

This major encompasses the study of the French language, as well as:

  • Literary interpretation
  • Critical theory
  • Civilization
  • Cinema
  • Francophone literature
  • Theoretical and applied linguistics
  • Computer-assisted teaching

A well-designed series of courses in the French language will help you become fluent in French. You will also be able to pursue studies in language, literature, culture, film, and linguistics. You can choose from two concentrations: French Studies and French Commercial Studies. A Teacher Education option is also available for students looking to teach French.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Nonprofit work
  • Social services
  • Tourism

Post-Graduation Success1

94% employed or continuing education

68% employed after graduation

21% attending graduate school

5% volunteering

$38,242 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: SAGA Innovations, Teaching Assistant Program in France: American and French Embassies, The Chronicle of Higher Education View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California, Los Angeles, Vermont Law School View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 30 ACT score

1090 - 1290 SAT score

3.34 - 3.83 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.4 years to degree

95% freshman retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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