The study of French is more than the study of language. It is the immersion into the rich and varied culture of the Francophone world through coursework and study abroad.

The French program at Centre helps students discover the will to be scholar-citizens informed about the literature, art, music, and history of France, curious about international affairs relating to Francophone countries, and desirous of communicating with French-speaking people here and abroad.

When the Medici family sought a motto to express their optimism and humanism, they chose “Le Temps Revient,” a French expression meaning “The Great Age Returns.” Their choice of French was not accidental, for the study of this language offers a royal path to discovering the complexity of human experience from the Oaths of Strasbourg in the ninth century to the present.

Your Major Took You Where?*

Teaching Assistance Program (Privas, France) University of Sheffield (M.P.H., public health)
Education Nationale University of Memphis (J.D., law)
Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme George Washing University (M.A., European & Eurasian studies)
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates

“The French professors at Centre are passionate about French language and culture…and their passion is contagious! French is not only about grammar and writing — it’s also about literature, history, conversation, music, politics, cuisine, and French identity. Various experiences at Centre have helped me to hone my French skills, and I look forward to reaping the benefits as I pursue a career in international business.”

Centre Class of 2018 • French Major


World-Wide Study

Centre is strongly committed to international study, and the College maintains a permanent, residential program in Strasbourg, France. Students apply for a semester of study based in Strasbourg, and a faculty member lives in Strasbourg for the semester to coordinate the program and teach courses. A French native also teaches in the program. Some students live in apartments, and others opt to live with local families on a home-stay basis. Virtually all participants travel extensively in Europe during the course of their semester.


An internship provides valuable experience that is important in securing future employment. French majors have participated in internships in Francophone areas such as the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée in Besançon, France; and the Institut de Génétique in Strasbourg, France.


Here is a sampling of post-graduate pursuits:
• Ph.D. in French (Johns Hopkins U.)
• Medical student (Dartmouth U.)
• Fulbright teaching fellowship in Bulgaria
• M.A. in linguistics (U. of Kentucky)
• Teaching assistantship in Dijon, France
• Ph.D. in French literature (U. of Wisconsin)
• Visiting lecturer in French (Amherst College)
• Teaching assistant in Toulouse, France
• Fulbright Scholar in La Réunion
• J.D. (U. of Kentucky)


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