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A Global Language

French and English are the only languages spoken on all five inhabited continents. With 300 million French speakers in the world, the ability to speak French is a career asset for our graduates. French is the official working language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee and the International Red Cross.


most majors spend time studying abroad

Double Major

students of all disciplines can obtain a French major with an additional 28 semester hours


most widely spoken language in the world

High-Quality Education

  • Flexibility
  • Independent Study Options
  • Active Learning and Technology Integration
  • Students can chose from a variety of French courses based on their interests, including culture, literature, Francophone studies, linguistics, pronunciation, film, business French and conversation and composition.

    Independent study allows students to explore topics of interest related to another major to enhance the student's experience. French majors have explored topics in economics, language teaching, history, politics and more.

    Class time promotes active learning in a variety of contexts. Technology such as touchscreen capabilities, tools for collaboration and programs for creative language use enhance the learning experience. Authentic language and culture resources (texts, videos, films and music) and experiential learning opportunities (simulations, escape rooms) round out the experience.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Education Abroad in Angers, France

    By living with a host family and taking French classes, students experience France's language, culture and history in an immersion setting.

    French Club

    Language students and a French faculty advisor organize bi-weekly meetings to connect with other interested students to experience language and culture in fun ways outside of class. French and Francophone games, films, music, food and facts have all been meeting topics. Students are encouraged to participate in club leadership.

    Career Opportunities

    Proficiency in a foreign language is a valuable skill in today's global community. Demands for a second language are growing in the workforce.

    Study Abroad Opportunities

    Language faculty provide students the opportunity to attend a month-long study abroad program during the summer and take two language courses to earn six credits. Students are immersed in the culture, enjoy excursions to area sites and further develop their language skills. Students can also spend a semester abroad at UD partner institutions in the French-speaking world.


    Department of Global Languages and Cultures

    Humanities, Room 352
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1539


    average class size of upper level French courses