French is the official language of twenty-nine countries, and is widely spoken in about fifty more, while eighty-four belong to the International Organization of La Francophonie. Today, approximately 300 million people speak French, and it is estimated 700 million people will by 2050. French and French-speaking cultures play a critical role in a number of domains and disciplines, from energy development to engineering or banking services, from history to art and international relations. With a high number of secondary speakers throughout the world, French has been described as the third most useful language for business after English and Chinese, and it is the second most studied language worldwide after English.
The French program in the School of Modern Languages is not just for students interested in France, but also for those interested in the economies, literatures, cultures and ways of life in the Francophone world. The dedicated and creative teachers and scholars in our French program share a commitment to excellence of instruction, whether it be in a first-year French class, a specialized course for minors or majors (all of which are taught in French), a course on French or Francophone literature, French or Francophone cinema, on Francophone Africa, or an advanced seminar across the curriculum on France and globalization. The French program organizes a yearly French and Francophone Film Festival and maintains a French Club (for information, please contact Dr. Boulard). Internships and individual, research-based course are available in Atlanta and abroad, from Paris to Dakar.
Georgia Tech-Lorraine, Georgia Tech’s European campus in historic Metz, France, hosts a number of programs and welcomes hundreds of students each year. Beyond Metz, Georgia Tech has many partners and programs in France and in Atlanta where a yearly France-Atlanta convention is organized each year. All of our students are encouraged to study abroad through our LBAT programs or Georgia Tech-approved programs such as Georgia Tech-Lorraine in France. As is shown below, the French program has developed innovative study abroad programs in France and Senegal, and one can receive the BS degree with the International Plan French designator (reflecting a minimum of 26 weeks abroad spent in study, research, or internship). Graduates of the French program regularly place into highly prestigious jobs, and many work in consulting and international relations.
Programs of Study
Majors in French
- BS in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS)
- BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML)
- BS in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML)
Minors and Certificates in French
To earn a minor in French, students must complete 15 credits of upper-division (3000- & 4000-level) coursework. To earn a certificate in French students must complete 12 credits of coursework at the level of FREN 2002 or higher. Taking part in the French study abroad programs (Languages for Business and Technology (LBAT) in France and Senegal, and the French - Sciences - Sustainability Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, is a great way to complete nearly all of the minor coursework through study abroad.
- The LBAT France program takes students to France each summer for a 12-credit 10-week summer LBAT program in Paris and Nice. This is a French-only program, in which all courses are taught in French. Students are housed in the center of Paris, at walking distance from Notre-Dame, in the Marais district. (For info on the Nice LBAT program, please contact Drs. Cottille-Foley. For info on the Paris LBAT program, please contact Drs. Boulard, Gall, Ippolito and Wiedorn)
- The LBAT Senegal program takes students to Dakar, Senegal, each summer for a 6-credit 5-week program. This is a French-only program, in which all courses are taught in French. Programs offers multiple excursions all over Senegal and allow for a real discovery of African cultures. (For info on the Senegal LBAT program, please contact Mr. Samba Sy.)
- The French - Sciences - Sustainability Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, will start in spring 2019 and take students to Metz, France at Georgia-Tech Lorraine for a 12-credit semester program, in which French is combined with Engineering and Social Sciences (taught in English). 8 French courses are offered. (For info on this program, please contact Dr. Ippolito).
- Student may also take one course of French (4 levels offered) each summer at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, while taking courses in other disciplines. (For info on this program, please contact Drs. Ippolito and Wiedorn).