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French, BA

Shippensburg University’s French (BA) program prepares you to communicate in French at a high level and focuses on the cultural aspects of the French-speaking world.

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What Will I Learn?

You will learn interpersonal communication, interpretive listening, interpretive reading as well as oral and written presentations in French. In addition, you will learn about the French and Francophone cultures including the products, practices and perspectives. Critical thinking, problem solving and cultural awareness are also other student learning outcomes of the program.

What are the requirements for this degree?

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in French, you must complete 36 credits of French courses on top of other requirements.


  • Criminal justice
  • Social work
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Counseling
  • Human communication

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Learning French prepares you for a diverse job market. This program is a great asset for students seeking careers in such fields as:

  • Services (health, international organizations, volunteering)
  • Industry (import/export, marketing and advertising, overseas investments)
  • Government (foreign service, department of state, FBI, CIA, homeland security)
  • Translation and interpreting 

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for French alumni
The estimated salary for French alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

The focus is on oral proficiency. The program adheres to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards. Our classes are small so we can provide students with a truly one-on-one learning experience.

In this major, you have access to:

  • A multimedia language learning center
  • Communication with native speakers
  • A large collection of literature and media concerning French language and culture

Study abroad opportunities are available and French majors are encouraged to study at least one semester in a French-speaking country.

Internships are also great for experience and building your resume. French majors find internships with social service agencies, museums, businesses, community organizations and in government.

Joining the French Club allows you to practice the French language and learn more about the cultures from the French-speaking world. Every semester, there are multicultural events, fundraisers and visits to events related to the French-speaking world. You can also pursue involvement with Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society.

Contact the Global Languages and Cultures Department Rowland Hall 109 1871 Old Main Dr. Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1635