FRENCH
BACHELOR OF ARTS

Gain a new perspective through language and culture.

At Mercyhurst, we believe in helping our students build skills in communication, critical thinking, and navigating cultural diversity, which is exactly what a French major will do. While mastering your command of a language spoken by more than 270 million people on four continents, you’ll build expertise in French literature, culture and society while experiencing the world from a different point of view. The French Education major offers the opportunity to combine these skills with the coursework necessary to earn a teaching certificate in Pennsylvania.

Entrance into the major is determined by the successful completion of the Introduction and Intermediate sequence or by the demonstration of equivalent skills on the CLEP, A.P., International Baccalaureate examinations.

Fast Facts

  • Studying a foreign language is excellent preparation for careers in many different fields, such as business, education, government or international relations, as well as graduate school

  • We strongly encourage our French majors to study abroad, whether it is through our own university or one of the programs affiliated with Mercyhurst

  • One of our highest honors is induction into Phi Sigma Iota, the international honors society for the study of foreign languages and cultures. Students are nominated in their junior or senior year and inducted at an annual spring dinner

  • The Bachelor of Arts in French pairs well with many other degree programs for a double major

Learning Outcomes

  • Speak and understand French at the Intermediate High level or better as detailed in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
  • Read and write in French at the Intermediate High level or better as detailed in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
  • Demonstrate cultural proficiency in cultures that use French
  • Discuss in both spoken and written French literary and visual texts or cultural artifacts of the target culture
  • Conduct and produce research in French

Phi Sigma Iota, international honors society for the study of foreign languages and cultures, is one of the highest honors one can achieve in the field. Language majors and minors are nominated in their junior or senior year based on:

  • the completion of a 300 level language course (or equivalent)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • recommendation of the language faculty

Induction is held each spring at the annual dinner.

For more information, go to the society's official website at www.phisigmaiota.org.

All majors must maintain an overall 2.5 GPA and at least a 2.75 GPA in world language major courses. World language education majors must also meet all the requirements of the education program. All majors and minors, as well as those students seeking teaching certification, are expected to maintain a portfolio, which will be important for assessment at Sophomore Review, before a student is permitted to student teach, and prior to graduation. An outline of requirements for the portfolio, which includes written and oral work, can be obtained from the student's language adviser or from the department director.


Contact Us

Douglas Boudreau, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures
Office: Preston 213
Phone: 814-824-3310
Email: dboudreau@mercyhurst.edu