The French major offers two areas of study:
- French language and literatures
- French language and linguistics
As the student progresses within the major, the specialization of either literature or linguistics will begin through strategic elective course selections. Students will typically also choose to double major within a different discipline to build a holistic degree plan.
- BA in French: Language and Linguistics
- BA in French: Language and Literature
Internships, research opportunities and more
The faculty who teach French at Binghamton University are not only outstanding educators but are recognized and published scholars within their respective fields of research which include:
- culinary fiction
- Caribbean feminisms
- gender and power in the early modern period
- literature and identify
- Quebec studies
- Sociolinguistics of North American French
Departmental research opportunities for students include teaching assistantships, internships as events coordinators and the possibility of developing and writing a senior thesis under the guidance of a professor in the department.
Our Undergraduate Teaching Assistant program (UGTA) gives our majors the opportunity to develop important skills by being in front of the classroom and getting a strong hands-on experience of what effective teaching and communication entail. We support our students' applications to teach abroad for a year and many have been chosen to teach in foreign countries where their language proficiency is valued.
We take advantage of opportunities the university provides for recognition of excellence by nominating students for awards, scholarships and fellowships that can make a significant difference when they apply to graduate programs or for jobs. Because of our commitment, our students have won the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, Fulbright Scholarships and numerous Foundation Awards at graduation.
Students who qualify may choose to complete an accelerated degree program to earn their BA in French and their MA/MPA/MAT in five years instead of the typical six.
Many French majors choose to study abroad to immerse themselves in the French culture and language, and are able to choose from many programs including a faculty-led program in Quebec. The department of Romance Languages sponsors programs in France and Canada.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
- FREN 111 - Elementary French I
- FREN 115 - Elementary French II
- FREN 211 - Intermediate French I
- FREN 215 - Intermediate French II
- FREN 341 - Advanced Conversation
- FREN 351 - Advanced Grammar
After You Graduate
The French language and literatures/linguistics major not only provides a student with a solid foundation of language skills, but also develops the student’s written and oral communication skills, critical-thinking skills and overall cultural awareness. Graduates find employment in teaching, translation and interpretation, writing, art curation, international aid and development, foreign diplomatic service, editing and publishing, natural language processing, ESL, etc. Students who graduate with this degree also pursue a myriad of graduate degrees including the MBA, Master of Public Administration, Master of French and Master of Teaching.