Welcome to French
French is one of the major world languages and more than 300 million people speak this beautiful language. After English, French is the second most widely learned foreign language and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. Enhance your chances on the international job market by adding French language and cultural literacy to your skills. France is one of the world’s largest economies and French will open doors of French companies in the US and in the many French speaking countries. Your career chances will also include such international organisations as the European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations, the International Red Cross and international courts, where French is the international language.
France is one of the top travel destinations of the world, and you will enjoy ordering your croissant and café au lait in French. Take advantage of the study abroad opportunities in France and other French speaking countries we offer our students. Finally, enjoy learning this rich, melodious language often called the language of love. French also offers you an entry into the world of haute cuisine, fashion, theater, arts, dance, architecture and literature.
Come explore the French Program:
The French Program offers you the following opportunities:
The Major in French gives you language training as well as a cultural understanding of France and French speaking countries. The major is designed to allow you to double major.
A Major in French consists of 31 credits above the elementary language level. Students complete 6 language credit hours at the intermediate (2000) level and 6 language credit hours at the advanced (3000) level. After completion of these language requirements, students take 15 credit hours of French Major courses. In addition, French Majors take 3 credit hours of a writing intensive course in the Major and 1 credit hour of the Senior Seminar. All majors must take a 3 credit course on current events in France.For more information see the description of the Major in French or contact your advisor, Professor LaMarca.
The Minor in French is an excellent addition to your degree and resume. Since French is a major player in international politics and economics being proficient in French may open many new opportunities in the US, France and many other French speaking countries as well.
A Minor in French consists of 21 credits above the elementary language level. Students complete 6 language credit hours at the intermediate (2000) level and 6 language credit hours at the advanced (3000) level. After completion of these language requirements, students take 9 credit hours of the required courses. All minors must take a 3 credit course on current events in France.
Having a certificate in translation is something recorded on your transcript. You can always list it on your resume. To earn the certificate, students must complete a sequence of four translation courses: one course of theory and history of translation as well as for practica in translation. For those majoring in French, 3 of the 4 courses may be counted toward the major.
Certificate in Business French provides classroom, overseas (optional), and practical training in French for international business, which may also be recognized by international examinations. The certificate requires 15 credit hours. Beginning with an alternative fourth-semester course, the sequence continues with advanced-level coursework that includes a two-semester component in advanced business French. Majors in any field are welcome.For more information see the description of the Certificate in Business French or contact the coordinator of this program, Professor LaMarca.
We offer many study abroad opportunities for students who are interested in the French speaking world. Come climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, eat a croissant in a cafe on the streets of Limoges, sit in a Roman-ear amphitheater in Lyon or explore the tropical forest of Martinique. You can study abroad in the Fall or Spring semester, for the entire year or during the summer. Our programs include language instruction, cultural excursions and true immersion in the host culture with home stays. In addition, we offer the Spring Break and Fall Break Trips to Paris. Professor Houston guides students and explores Parisian history, art, architecture, food and street life with them. Credits you earn on our study abroad programs transfer to UNC Charlotte and most count toward the major. Study Abroad experiences provide invaluable insights into a culture and literacy in the French language. On your resume such an experience sets you apart from other job candidates.
For more information see the study abroad opportunities we offer on the website of the Office of Education Abroad and start finding YOUR PROGRAM now or contact the French Program coordinator, Professor Stedman.
Judith Suther Scholarship
This scholarship honors the professor of French at UNC Charlotte who was instrumental in building the French and Translation programs. This scholarship provides financial support for French majors and minors.
Pierre Macy Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support for French majors and minors.
French Study Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support for French majors and minors studying abroad.
The Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Scholarship is part of the Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Project which is a partnership between the college and community members. The partnership consists of an eyewitness-in-residence and study abroad scholarships. Its focus is to build a broad and deep culture within the college that connects the UNC Charlotte environment with cataclysmic events in the world and the people who have been affected by them and/or who have shaped them. These scholarships will provide students with the opportunity to study abroad and be exposed to an international community that has experienced an event related to genocide, the Holocaust, or a violation of human rights. This scholarship was made possible by the generous contribution of Ms. Dale F. Halton.
The annual UNC Charlotte International Festival is centered around booths arranged in colorful marketplace style representing the cultures of over 50 nations. The booths are staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte's international community and feature art, crafts and costumes from each participating country. Many booths offer international food for sale. Throughout the day the music and dance of a variety of nations are presented on indoor and outdoor stages. In addition, the International Festival, which is family-oriented, offers a number of elements such as mimes and face painting designed especially for children. French is always well-represented at IFest with a booth where French Club members and French faculty make the best crepes this side of the Atlantic.
Getting involved in the French Club is a fun and rewarding experience and a way to receive extra credit. You will get a chance to speak French with new people and learn more about the cultures of the French-speaking countries. Participating regularly will improve your language skills and enhance your intercultural competency.
The French Club offers some of the following activities:
Café Pause-Conversation Hour
Each week we meet for a Café Pause for conversation in French. During the pandemic, it is a Virtual Conversation Hour via zoom.
We offer a wide array of French films often with subtitles.
Join us to learn about the hundreds of kinds of cheese made in France and taste some of these amazing cheeses.
Join us in one of our foodie workshops. We had fun learning how to make Quiche.
Come taste chocolate in all forms. We loved experiencing and learning about the world of French chocolate.
Mardi Gras Celebration
Join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras every year. We learned to make King cake together and enjoy the tastes and masks of Mardi Gras.
Jeux de Société-Game Nights
Come play with us. We have game nights and have a lot of fun.
For a full list of recent French alumni, please click here.
Eileen Manchester (Jakeway)
Eileen Manchester (Jakeway), a UNC Charlotte Levine Scholar, graduated in 2017 with Majors in French, German, and English as well as a Minor in International Studies Summa Cum Laude and with Honors. Manchester also received a Certificate in Business German. During her undergraduate years, Manchester studied abroad in Limoges, France. She also conducted undergraduate research under the guidance of Professor Allison Stedman. As part of her summer research experience, Manchester used funding provided by the Levine Scholars Program to do archival research at the French National Library in Paris, where Stedman was also working. Manchester presented her research in a poster display at the Charlotte Research Scholars Symposium at UNC Charlotte and earned first place in the category: “Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, and the Arts.” After graduation, she was awarded the extremely prestigious Ertegun scholarship for graduate study in the humanities. It is the first time a UNC Charlotte student won this scholarship. Manchester graduated with an MA in Comparative Literature (French, German, English) from Oxford University in 2018. Manchester returned to the United States and taught High School English at the Field School in Washington, DC for a year.
Currently, Manchester is an innovation specialist on the LC Labs team of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. She works in support of the Library’s Digital Strategy. One of her first projects as an innovation specialist was the Machine Learning + Libraries Summit, which explored the near-term possibilities of applying machine learning techniques in the cultural heritage sector. The Labs team leverages Manchester’s experience in education, digital humanities, and comparative literature to explore innovative ways for the Library to enhance how it produces and disseminates knowledge across systems.
Manchester is the daughter of UNC Charlotte Senior Lecturer in German, Angela Jakeway, and recently got married to Jack Manchester.