Why Study French?

Whether you choose to take a few classes or to complete a major or a minor in French, the French language program at Salem State University will help you to develop proficiency in a language that is spoken on five continents, in over 40 countries, by approximately 10% of the world's population. However, the ability to communicate in French is not the only valuable aspect of French studies!
The French program at Salem State also includes the study of French and Francophone cultures and literatures, in which you will develop:

  • sharp critical thinking ability
  • oral and written analytical skills
  • a comparative perspective on global affairs
  • cross-cultural awareness and the ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • a broad multidisciplinary knowledge base (including literature, history, art, politics, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, economics, and many more disciplines which intersect with French and Francophone cultures).

What does the French Program offer?

  • Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Cultures (WLC) - French concentration (36 credits): The WLC-French major consists of 12 courses, including some interdisciplinary course options in other departments like art, history, geography, philosophy, and political science. All WLC majors complete an experiential learning course (internship, service-learning, or travel-study project) as well as a senior seminar where students undertake a major research project on a topic of their choosing.
  • French Minor (15 credits): the minor consists of any five language courses above the elementary 100-level; usually 201-202 and three other advanced courses.  
  • Minor in World Languages (18 credits): Students may use courses in French towards the minor in world languages. The minor consists of a combination of any two languages.
  • Faculty willing to assist and advise you in all phases of your studies.
  • Study abroad opportunities: study for a summer, semester or year in France (in Provence, Normandy, or Paris!) or for five weeks during the summer at the Université Laval in Québec, Canada or at any other program offered through the Center for International Education.
  • Language Resource Center with state-of-the-art technology and free French tutors to assist you in language learning (Meier Hall 205).
  • French Club activities on and off campus (French Film Series, picnics, cultural events, volunteer projects, trips, French conversation hour)
  • A multicultural community in which to learn French, including French-speaking international students and community members.
  • Assistance in finding internship opportunities: summer internships or a one-year teaching assistantship in France after you graduate.
  • Graduate school advising for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees.
Students in Quebec City pose in front of a statue at the National Assembly.

Summer Program in Quebec City, Canada

Earn six credits in French language and culture, beginner thru advanced levels, at Université Laval. Orientation by an SSU professor at the beginning of the program. Approximate cost (tuition, room, board) $2,500. Financial aid is available, See Dr. Blood