BA in French
Studying French at Webster University offers undergraduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in French writing, festivals and media such as the philosophy of Henri Bergson, the Cannes Film Festival and Tour de France.
Webster's friendly, fluent professors will challenge you as a student, but the small class sizes ensure that faculty will be able to help every step of the way. Thanks to the program's flexibility, many students pair the French program with other academic disciplines such as International Relations, Philosophy, Music, Film, and Education -- limitless fields in which a mastery of French gives you special insight.
With international campuses and study abroad opportunities, students are able to experience foreign languages and cultures first hand. Popular options for French majors include short-term cultural trips or semester-long study terms at Webster University's campus in Geneva.
Weekly roundtables and "language cafes" allow you to practice your conversational French in informal settings with other students and faculty from the campus community. Roundtables are led by visiting teaching assistants -- younger native speakers who give the latest insights into French culture.
The program also connects students with several opportunities to teach English in France.
About the Department
Webster University is home to the Centre Francophone -- an organization that creates opportunities for everyone living in the St. Louis area to learn more about Francophone cultures and take an active part in the local and global French-speaking community. The University also has partnerships for student exchange with universities in Argentina and France.
Webster's Department of International Languages and Cultures encourages creativity and critical thinking while preparing students to be competitive in today's global marketplace. Personalized instruction from faculty trained in different international languages, cultures and literatures increases students' awareness of their own values as well as those of others.
For students who pursue degrees in foreign languages and literatures, communication in the target language is the primary goal but coursework also reflects the importance of culture and literature.
The Department of International Languages and Cultures offers a full range of courses in English as a Second Language, French, German, and Spanish. Other language offerings include Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Russian, and Thai.
Points of Distinction
- Webster's foreign language bachelor's degree includes study abroad for a full semester or as part of a short-term hybrid course.
- Language classes are small (capped at 18 students), discussion-oriented, and full of conversational learning from day one.
- Students can earn recognition credit for previous language study, making it easy to add a language minor to their primary degree.
- Students can take courses in 11 different languages while at Webster.
- The Department of International Languages and Cultures is an active and close-knit community of students and professors who meet regularly for language tables, international food events, film viewings, and other foreign language activities.