Majors and Minors


French connects you to the world.
French is a global language spoken on five continents by more than 200 million people in 43 different countries. French is one of the official languages in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Canada, Cleveland's “neighbor” and most important international trading partner. Knowledge of French prepares students to compete in the global economy and enhances career opportunities in many fields.

Cleveland's French connections.
French was integral to Cleveland's past and plays an important role in the city's present. The French were the first to explore the Great Lakes region. Today, Cleveland has an active French American Chamber of Commerce, attesting to the many business links between our city and France. Cleveland is home to an active French-speaking community including a large number of international students on the Cleveland State University campus. French music, art, theatre, film and opera are a regular part of the city's rich art scene.

Cleveland State University's French connections.
In addition to our major and minor programs in French, proficiency in French may be a required component for majors in music, art history, international relations and international business. The University has an active French club, and our library is home to the Lafayette archive, an important microfilm collection of more than 25,000 documents, attesting to the historic links between our country and France. Cleveland State offers year-long and summer study abroad opportunities with our partner schools in France. Internship possibilities in France are available for students studying French through the Monte Ahuja College of Business, and for those interested in teaching English in French schools. Our College of Education and Human Services offers a M.Ed. with a specialization in French.


Why study a foreign language?
Speaking a second language increases your job opportunities and fosters appreciation of other people and cultures, a valuable asset in our global economy. The United States government is the country's largest employer of foreign language graduates. Over 1,200 French companies have subsidiaries in the United States. Companies who do business abroad identify knowledge of a second language and inter- cultural skills as among the most sought after employee qualifications.

What can you do with a degree in French?
Many students earning a degree in French become teachers, but a major or minor in French is also a natural choice for students in International Business, Black Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Law, Art History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Education, Music, Film Studies and Communication or for students pursuing graduate school.

What are Cleveland State University French Majors doing now?
Many of our graduates teach at private and public schools in the Cleveland area. Several are teaching English in France, and still others have gone on to earn graduate degrees in Library Science, Law, Sociology, Biology, French and Spanish. French majors from Cleveland State have found positions in international firms, in sales and banking, or have been hired in African francophone countries.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the French major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

Length of program: Students can earn a degree in French at Cleveland State in three or four years depending on previous study of the language. Students with previous study begin their course work at a more advanced level, and can receive up to 15 retro-credits for their high school coursework. Summer study abroad programs can also accelerate graduation. Students who participate in exchange programs with a French university can transfer the credits they earn. Students can usually complete degree requirements for double majors in four years.

Students acquire advanced proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, listening, and a broad knowledge of the French and Francophone world through the study of literature, film, media and culture. Requirements include French conversation and composition, surveys of French civilization and literature.

Electives include Phonetics, Film, Translation, special topics in literature and civilization and field study projects which may be part of a study abroad program.

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Modern Languages
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1619
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4645
Fax: 216.687.4650

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