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As a global language, French opens opportunities in international business and research in the 88 countries where it is an official language or has special status.


What is French at WVU like?


A major in French equips students with a solid liberal arts education that is the foundation for personal and professional success and growth over a lifetime. The curriculum provides students with well-developed cognitive and communication skills and with a broad knowledge base that will enable them to pursue additional studies at the graduate level or to enter the job market in positions that will demand the ability to communicate in French in a variety of cultural contexts.

The skills provided by a Bachelor of Arts in French complement and add value to a degree in any field. French is spoken by over 300 million people on five continents and is, therefore, particularly well-suited for travel. Known for its culture, cuisine and lifestyle, France has influence that extends well beyond its borders. French is a working language in numerous international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross, the European Union and the African Union.

French program highlights:

At a Glance

  • College/School:
    Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • Division:
  • Department:
    Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
  • Degree Designation:
  • Degree Program:
    World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
  • Program:

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What makes French at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

French majors often pursue a second major in International Studies with regional emphases on either Europe or the Middle East and Africa.

It is not unusual for French majors to do work in a second language, such as Arabic, Chinese, German, Russian or Spanish.

A combination of French and Political Science majors allows students to demonstrate strong communication skills in applications to law school.

Ultimately, any career or profession may be internationalized by adding a major in French. Recent majors have combined engineering, creative arts, journalism or fashion design in dual degrees with French.

French is the third most widely used language in international business and one of the courses offered in the major, Business French, can lead to certification by the French Chamber of Commerce.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Student Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

French graduates have found jobs in teaching, translating, foreign diplomacy, foreign correspondence, travel agencies, international airlines, import-export work, international corporations and in agencies of the federal government.

Others have joined nonprofits or international agencies. Recently, two students have gone into the Peace Corps with English-teaching assignments in Africa.

As a supplement to other skills, the knowledge of a world language such as French is a valuable professional commodity.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's French major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in French at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's French major.

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Popular Courses

FLIT 237:
French Women Writers

Selected works of French women writers.

FRCH 432:
Contemporary Culture

FRCH 450:
French Cinema

Film literacy, vocabulary, and technique in the context of French cinema. Emphasis may vary among origins, poetic realism, surrealism, film noir, nouvelle vague, current movements. May be repeated with permission. Taught in French.

Cost and Aid

How much does French at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $428
Per Semester $5,136
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,272
Per Credit $1,165
Per Semester $13,980
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,960
Per Credit $1,165
Per Semester $14,280
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,560
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for French at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's French major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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