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.


SLU offers special undergraduate courses that allow students to combine international, scientific and professional interests with French.

  • FREN 1010-1020: Communicating in French I and II
  • FREN 2010: Intermediate French Language and Culture
  • FREN 2220: French Culture and Civilization
  • FREN 3010: Discovering the French-Speaking World
  • FREN 3040: Society, Nation and the Arts in Pre-Revolutionary France
Internships and Careers

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

  • Education
  • International business
  • Foreign service
  • Interpretation
  • Cultural services planning
  • Museum curation
  • Travel consultation
  • Study abroad advising

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.

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.

Study Abroad

Spend a Year in Lyon, 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.