The French program at WSU not only provides a comprehensive and practical understanding and use of the French language but also develops intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and an appreciation of the humanistic context of international, especially French-speaking, cultures. Our program includes language courses from beginning to advanced levels, as well as courses on French and Francophone literature, film, and culture, all taught by native or near-native French speakers.
Students may choose from a minor in French or a B.A. in Foreign Languages with an emphasis in French in either the Teaching or Non-Teaching Option. Students who have studied French in high school or elsewhere, and who receive a “B” or better in a higher-level course at WSU, may be eligible for Advanced Placement Credits.
A minor in French requires FREN 101-204 (or equivalent proficiency) plus three additional courses, one of which may be one of the new courses on French film, culture or literature taught in English. A limited number of credits may also be applied from study abroad to the major or minor in French. Students who want to study abroad in a French-speaking region are advised to start French language study at WSU as early as possible, preferably in the freshman year. Good progress also should be made on completing UCORE and major core courses prior to the study abroad experience (usually during the junior year).
Layered with both history and all things avant-garde and ultramodern, Paris retains an enduring prestige through the ages. The 6-week immersive study program will be centrally located within proximity of Paris’ most renowned cultural, artistic, and academic institutions.
To enhance students’ academic experience, this program offers dynamic cultural activities that includes neighborhood walking tours, visits to world famous museums such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou, and opportunities to explore what is up and coming as well as to attend a ballet at the Opéra Garnier.
For more information on other study abroad programs, visit the Office of International Programs Study Abroad Programs.