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What is French?

Our French major and minor build a strong competency in the language as well as the cultures who speak it. Students will engage with:

  • Cinema
  • Francophone world
  • Virtual reality
  • Translation

A well-designed series of courses in the French language will help you become fluent in French. 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 at the high school level.

Career Options

  • Foreign Service Officer/Diplomat
  • Education
  • Translator/Interpreter (Medical, Literary, Technical, Scientific)
  • Public Policy
  • Law
  • Medicine

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: Teaching Assistant Program in France, SAGA Innovations, 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

Graduation & Retention2

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: $12,254
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $32,814

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,704
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $50,604

International

  • Tuition: $32,094
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,994
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