French - BA

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

The goal of the French program at USU is to prepare students for advanced studies in French language, literature, and culture.

What You Will Learn

French majors take language courses where they develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; literature courses where they come to better understand the human condition; and culture courses where they learn about the traditions and perspectives of French-speaking communities. They also have the option to participate in study abroad programs in France where they gain proficiency in French language and culture.

The faculty members in the French program have culturally diverse expertise in language, literature and culture which helps majors gain a solid grounding in the French language and culture. This also prepares them to function effectively in a variety of careers and as members of the international community.


French Teaching:

This emphasis is offered for students who wish to obtain licensure to teach in secondary schools. This emphasis includes courses in language history, the interaction of language and society, and teaching methodologies.

Education Component

This is for the French teaching emphasis only. In order to obtain a secondary teaching license for grades 6-12, students must complete the 35-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which includes one semester of student teaching in a public school. This program is administered by USU’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Student must apply to the School of TEAL the semester before taking STEP courses. This is usually the fall of their junior year. Students learn subject content through the Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies Department, and spend the last year or two studying education techniques through the STEP program.

Students in the French teaching program are required to select an approved teaching minor in order to expand their career options.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in French, students may pursue the following careers:

  • Translator or interpreter
  • Customs worker
  • Government translator
  • Immigration services
  • Language teacher or tutor
  • Social services
  • International business or development
  • Peace Corps
  • Tour guide

French Teaching Emphasis

  • French teacher in middle school or high school

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the French program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions and other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major.
  • The department administers placement tests for new French students who have had prior exposure to the French language.
  • STEP Requirements (French teaching emphasis only): In order to be accepted into STEP, students must go through an application process, which includes the following:
    • Complete 60 semester credits with a minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Complete certain core courses (see department for more information)
    • Complete OPI test and score a minimum of “Advanced Low”
    • Complete a speech and hearing test
    • Pass the Teacher Education Writing Exam
    • Provide an unofficial copy of  your transcript
    • Pass a criminal background check (this should be done one semester before submitting the application)

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

Students are not required to complete a study abroad or other international experience, but it is strongly recommended.

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