Bonjour! French is spoken by over 220 million people worldwide. Currently, French is the official language of 29 countries, second only to English in this category. French is one of the working languages of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union.

French has played an important role in art, cultures, film, cuisine and viticulture, sports, world politics, international business, science and medicine, and global communication.

Being proficient in French and knowledgeable about French-speaking cultures will enhance any profession and field of specialization as well as enrich one’s intellectual growth.

Careers in Business, Science, Politics, and More

  • Work as a tour guide or translator/interpreter or become a journalist, broadcaster, editor, or technical writer.
  • Work abroad in diplomatic service or as a foreign service officer or enter into a career in politics.
  • Engage in international business or public relations.

Transfer Opportunities and Pathways

A French major can be found at many bachelor’s granting institutions. Some universities and colleges may even have similar, but more specified majors to explore, that could align better with your interests. Examples include Comparative Literature, European Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language Teacher Education, International Relations/Global Studies, and many more.

  • Search a list of French related majors at the UCs and CSUs
  • Compare average admit GPAs across similar majors at the UCs
  • Learn what major prep courses you need to take in order to transfer to the UCs or CSUs
  • Explore similar majors at private and out-of-state institutions
Associate in Arts, Skill Certificate