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French & Francophone Studies

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The Value of French Studies

The French and Francophone Studies program at UW-Green Bay is designed to help students develop practical language skills while they learn about the literature, culture and people of .France and the French-speaking world. Speaking French and understanding the French people and culture opens the door to other cultures of the world where French is spoken, such as Africa (where more people speak French than people speak Spanish in all of South America), the Middle East, Europe, Indochina, etc.

French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. Indeed French and English are the only two global languages. French is the first or second language in over 40 countries. France is the world's sixth largest economy and is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee and many more similar important world organizations. According to the most recent U.S. Census, 1.9 million Americans speak French in the home.

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The broad training that is part of a program in French and Francophone Studies (including written and oral communication skills, reading and analyzing texts, history, geography and social studies) is an excellent means to personal growth and intellectual enrichment. It is also a fine preparation for entrance into the professional world. In addition to teaching and graduate studies, students with a minor in French and Francophone Studies have developed successful careers in many areas of business, the service professions and government.

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Who should be a French Minor?

Those who want to develop the skills and understanding essential for developing a global perspective in an increasingly interdependent world, should consider a minor in French and Francophone Studies. If you are looking for a college experience that is both fun and rewarding, then French is great for you!

Most French students interested in the humanities choose Humanistic Studies, while students interested in teaching may choose an Education major. Students interested in business often choose Business Administration, and those interested in communication fields or creative fields usually choose a major in Communication and the Arts.

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