By mastering the French language, students can take advantage of the many transformative experiences that await them throughout the French-speaking world. Students in OWU's French program discover exciting and compelling ways to combine their French studies work with other fields of study, especially through OWU Connection grants, Travel-Learning Courses, study away opportunities, international internships, and more.

About the Major

The French program at Ohio Wesleyan University trains students to understand, read, write, and speak the French language; appreciate the language’s role and place throughout the world; analyze and interpret cultural documents with rigor and precision; pursue meaningful educational and professional opportunities throughout the French-speaking world; and communicate effectively across cultures and differences.

The French program at OWU excels in both French-language and cultural training. Language and culture are taught in tandem at beginning, intermediate, and upper levels alike. Furthermore, the French studies program works closely and personally with students to design personalized and guided experiences throughout the French-speaking world.

Every student in French at OWU can pursue OWU Connection experiences combining their interest in the French-speaking world and with another major by the fifth semester of language and cultural study.


Graduate Outcomes

Raissa Kanku ’19

After graduating, Raissa was accepted into the Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID) in Switzerland. While at OWU, Raissa had an internship with the Borgen Project, received several OWU Connection grants on topics ranging from imperialism in France to spatial justice after Apartheid in South Africa, and conducted research on the redlining system between Chicago and Paris.

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Chair:  David Counselman
Associate Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
University Hall 310B

Academic Assistant: Beth Fedoush