Dominican’s French major concentrates on the language and cultures of the peoples of France and the Francophone world. All courses except FREN 289, Introduction to French Cinema, are conducted in French. 

French majors must complete 32 semester hours in the language beyond FREN 102, Elementary French II. Required courses focus on: 

  • Advanced language skills, including speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • History, literature and culture of France and the Francophone world

All French majors are encouraged to study abroad during their time at Dominican. Students who study at Dominican’s program at the University of Poitiers in the classic provincial city of Poitiers, France, and wish to have these courses count towards the French major must get prior written approval from the French discipline director.

Combining foreign language study with business or education coursework increases graduates’ career options even more. Interested students should seek faculty guidance early to ensure timely completion of all degree requirements.

Career Opportunities

Within the Chicago metropolitan area alone, Dominican University foreign language graduates might work in international corporations, government, manufacturing, travel and transportation or education. The working language of the United Nations is French. Moreover, Canada is the top U.S. trading partner and France is its eighth largest.

Foreign language majors tend to be curious and eager to meet new people and experience new situations. Employers welcome employees with these traits, so the career possibilities are almost endless.

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages prepares students for careers in:

  • Education
  • Fashion design/marketing
  • Law
  • Diplomacy
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Government
  • International corporations
  • Manufacturing
  • Banking
  • Transportation and Aerospace
  • Travel


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