Why Study French?
Worldwide, French is the most widely taught second language after English because of its importance: only French and English are spoken on all five continents! There are over 77 million first language speakers, as well as 51 million fluent speakers, 61 million occasional speakers and 110 million students of the French language! French is an official language of 54 countries and dozens of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the International Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee and Amnesty International.
What are French classes like at CSUSB?
What can you expect from French courses taught at CSUSB? First of all, you will learn to speak the language! Courses at all levels of the curriculum-- from French 101 to French 514 will encourage you to use French, to the best of your ability, in class. Our instructors are all experienced in creating classroom environments that will encourage and stimulate to speak French with confidence. Because our courses are not overcrowded, you can expect to receive individual attention from your instructor and many, many opportunities to get to know your classmates well (using French!) Depending on the course, readings, papers, movies and other assignments may also be in French. Even if you have no experience in learning a foreign language or if you've had bad experiences in the past studying other languages, try studying French. Our faculty will show you how rewarding language learning can be!
Thinking about a French Minor or Major?
Bravo! Upper division courses (numbered 300 or above) allow you to move beyond learning the language to studying different aspects of French and Francophone (French-speaking) cultures. Although there are a number of skill-based courses offered-- such as Advanced Conversation, Advanced Composition and Translation, you can also learn about film, history, women's issues and other content areas. Majors choose between tracks in Business, Civilization and Literature. Some courses are offered online throught the French Consortium-- giving you the opportunity to work with talented faculty from four other CSU campuses. Worried about graduating on time? We promise to offer all of the upper-division classes you need every two years, so you can plan ahead with confidence.
Graduates of our program have found successful careers in a variety of fields including education, translation, government service, business and the arts. A specialization in French is also a very useful addition to a number of degrees such as Art, International Business, History, Philosophy, Political Science and others. CSUSB alumni who have gone on to graduate school have reported that their French coursework was a valuable preparation for the rigors of graduate studies.