Mercyhurst University

French Bachelor of Arts

New perspectives 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

WHY FRENCH/FRENCH EDUCATION?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying French/French Education.
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Educate and empower the future.
Morgan Wangler '17
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Learning cultural and language differences.
Molly Mills '17

FREN 305 Fictional Voyages

In this literature seminar, we read several novels that focus on the travels of the main character/characters and use class discussions to consider the use of the voyage in epic literature, voyages in literature with an educational purpose, and the literary voyage as a metaphor for life.



EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Use your skills to better the world, like one of our students who spent time in the Peace Corps in Cameroon (where French is an official language).

STUDY ABROAD

Break out of the classroom by studying abroad in France, Quebec, or Africa and practicing your knowledge of the language and culture firsthand.

#myMUexperience - Kate

Kate is a French Education major who had the opportunity to study-abroad in Paris.

Meet the Faculty

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Alice Edwards
Alice Edwards, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
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Douglas Boudreau
Douglas Boudreau, Ph.D.
Chair, Associate Professor of French
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Janelle Newman
Janelle Newman, Ph.D.
Instructor
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Karen Williams
Karen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish

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