French (BA)

The French program at Webster -- offering a Bachelor of Arts in French and a French minor -- offers students a strong liberal arts education in French and francophone cultures from an international perspective that few other institutions can offer. Webster's international network of campuses means that you’ll study French as part of a truly international community, and that study abroad opportunities abound: you might spend a semester at our campus in Geneva; visit Nice, France with our popular hybrid course; study at our partner institution in Brussels; or teach English to students in Toulouse. We’re passionate about the transformative power of these experiences, so we are constantly developing new opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in the francophone world.

The professors you’ll have in the Department of International Languages and Cultures value cooperative learning and personal attention. Our classes are small and discussion-oriented, and students are individually mentored by their professors and advisors every step of the way. Plus, our faculty go above and beyond to provide opportunities for learning and discovery outside the classroom; there’s always a foreign language round-table, or an international poetry slam, or an “I Love Crepes Day” potluck going on somewhere!

Points of Distinction

  • Webster University is home to Le Centre Francophone, an organization that promotes Francophone culture in the St. Louis area. Its first mission is to invite native French writers and speakers to campus in order to enrich Webster's intellectual environment for students and faculty.
  • Study abroad locations that support French-language learning include Webster’s Geneva campus, a partnership program with Brussels, Belgium, and a re-occurring hybrid program in Nice, France. In addition, Webster offers a study abroad exchange/teaching internship opportunity with a university in Toulouse in the southwest of France.
  • Language classes are small, discussion-oriented, and contextualized within both historical and contemporary Francophone cultures.
  • Students can earn recognition credit for previous language study, making it easy to add a language minor to their primary degree.
  • The French program offers a French language table for practice led by the teaching assistant from France who assists students and promotes the French language and its cultures.

Get Involved:

Le Centre Francophone. Looking to get involved with the francophone community? Le Centre Francophone is an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for those in the St. Louis region to learn more about francophone cultures and taking an active part in the local and global French-speaking community. 

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French Language Table.  Our long-standing French Language Tables are outside-the-classroom meetings in the university cafeteria which allow students to have casual conversations in French with our native-speaking French teaching assistant. All levels of speakers are welcome to come to the Language Tables for a stress-free way to practice speaking once a week. 

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The Alliance Française of St. Louis. The Alliance Française of Saint Louis is a great way to find out about French activities going on in the region that promote French language and culture.