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Students who major in French at Saint Louis University develop competency in the language while increasing their knowledge of the French-speaking world. You’ll be exposed to a broad range of courses in French and French-speaking literature and culture as part of a broader liberal arts education at SLU.

Major in French

If you choose to major in French at SLU, you will have the opportunity to learn about centuries of Francophone literature and culture. You will examine France within the context of postcolonial studies and gender studies. You'll also explore art, literature, music, cinema and the environment.

Offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, SLU's French major requires that you complete a senior inquiry project under the guidance of a project director. For the senior inquiry project, you may choose between completing an additional upper-level course in French or conducting a final research project under the supervision of a faculty member.

You will be encouraged to enhance your major or minor through an immersion experience in a French-speaking country. SLU students can choose from a variety of study abroad options that complement the major, including programs in the cities of Lyon and Poitiers in France.


To earn a degree in French, you will need to take 30 credit hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses in French, including 12 hours of courses focusing on written and oral expression (FREN 3010, FREN 3020, FREN 3030, and FREN 3040), and 18 hours of upper-division courses. Up to nine hours of the upper-division courses can be in related fields (such as French history, art history, philosophy), with the approval of the department.

Two semesters prior to your graduation date, you will submit a senior inquiry declaration to your French mentor. You will then need to register for FREN 4960: Senior Inquiry for the semester you are to graduate, which will serve as a capstone experience.

You can choose between completing an additional upper-level course in French beyond the 30 hours required for the major, or conducting a final research project under the supervision of a French faculty member.

Internships and Careers

SLU faculty are happy to advise you on career options. Career paths for French graduates include:

  • Education
  • International business
  • Foreign service
  • Translation
  • International law
  • Media specialist
  • Health services
  • Customs and immigration

SLU’s French faculty members have a broad range of specialties, including French language, culture, literature, interdisciplinary studies and gender studies. We welcome the opportunity to speak with students about studies and opportunities in French.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in French

SLU's French minor consists of 18 hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses in French. All courses must be taught in French.

Go Abroad

Study in France

Students studying French at SLU can spend a year in Lyon, France. This year-long, full-immersion program allows students to experience the country and its culture firsthand. You’ll take classes in the French university system with French students and other international students. Courses not only fulfill requirements for French majors at SLU, but students may also have an opportunity to complete some of their core requirements while in Lyon.

Students studying French at SLU can also spend a semester or a year in Poitiers, France, studying at the Université de Poitiers alongside other international students and native French speakers. Courses taken as part of this full-immersion program may count toward the student’s major or minor in French, study in other disciplines, or the student’s core requirements.