The French Program
The study of French is an intellectual adventure that leads to the core of Western civilization. In language, literature, the arts, the media, political theory, philosophy and religious thought, France has played a key role in shaping the West as we know it today, with great scientists, artists, explorers and thinkers radically transforming our ideas about time, being, truth, justice and power. French is also an important global language, with more than 180 million speakers worldwide, including those in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. In today’s global economy, mastery of French, especially when combined with English fluency, offers a powerful advantage to those entering the job market, going on to graduate or professional training, or considering work with aid agencies and NGOs.
Why is French at UCSB a great choice?
- The department is recognized nationally and internationally and is dedicated to interdisciplinary work with other departments and programs, such as Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Theater and Dance, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Global Studies, Spatial Studies, and Feminist Studies.
- Students receive extensive training in French culture, literary history, theory and criticism, as well as intensive training in the mastery of the French language, both spoken and written. Classes taught in French tend to have a low student-to-teacher ratio, (under 25 students/class), enabling students to benefit from more individualized attention and to build closer relationships with their professors.
- UCSB’s Education Abroad Program offers ready access to study experiences in France, to enliven the learning of language and culture through total immersion and training at one of our UC Study Centers in Paris, Bordeaux, or Lyon.
Where would you like to go next?
If you are looking for details on the French Honors Program, please click here.
What can I do with French?
Careers in all facets of international business, from marketing and media to banking, law, finance, trade, entertainment and communications, require a good grasp of at least one foreign language such as French. So do careers in international relations, diplomacy, science, teaching and the arts.
Other career opportunities include translating and interpreting, journalism, publishing, foreign service, civil service, humanitarian aid, international business, international relations, travel and tourism, library sciences, and other international, non-governmental organizations.