Learning Outcomes


  • Studying French at WOU for one semester to 2 years is a great way to complete the language requirement for your degree.  You will study with motivated teachers in small classes.
  • Studying French at WOU opens up your knowledge and understanding of different cultures in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian and Pacific Ocean and America, an important skill in a globalized world.
  • Studying French at WOU opens up your opportunities for graduate studies and careers in business, government, social services and tourism among others.
  • Studying French at WOU allows you to go on an exchange program to France.  You can choose from 3 different destinations: Angers, Poitiers and Lyon.  While in France, you will continue to earn transferable credits. Students typically report that their year abroad was the highlight of their college experience.
  • Studying French at WOU can easily become addictive and lead you into completing a Minor in French at WOU.  Minoring in French allows you to expand your knowledge of French and Francophone civilization and literature, while achieving a high level of proficiency in the language. A minor in a foreign language is highly regarded in the global marketplace, and complements many professions.



Create and transmit knowledge concerning world languages, literatures and cultures in a climate that promotes ease of communication and mutual understanding.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Attain strong linguistic skills suitable for pursuing graduate work, careers in business, government, social services, tourism and life-long learning of French.
  2. Develop an understanding of French cultural and historical perspectives in a global society.
  3. Advance language mastery and cultural awareness through active learning experiences such as study abroad.

French minor (18 credits)

  • FR 301, 302, 303 (12)
  • Approved upper-division hours in French (6)


It is possible to choose a French Specialization when completing either a Major in International Studies or an International Studies Minor.

B.A. in International Studies (72 credits)International Studies Core (18)

ANTH 216 Cultural Anthropology (4)

GEOG 106 Introductory Economic Geography (4)

HST 106 World History (4)

PS 203 International Relations (3)

PS 204 Comparative Politics (3)

Regional and Topical Content (30)

A.  European Studies (including French and German Studies)

(at least four courses in one region) (12-16)

FR 340 Topics in French Arts and Culture (3)

FR 410 Topics in French Language and Literature (3)

FR 440 Topics in French Culture and Civilization (3)

GL 342/HUM 325 Studies in German Culture and Literature to 1900 (3)

GL 343/HUM 343 Studies in German Culture and Literature to 1945 (3)

GL 344/HUM 344 Studies in German Culture and Literature to 1990’s (3)

GL 340 Culture and Civilization I: from Romans to Enlightenment (3)

GL 341 Culture and Civilization II: from Classicism to Reunification (3)

GL 412 German Literature II: Naturalism to Present (3)

GL 423 Studies in German Language and Literature (3)

GL 441 20th Century German Drama (3)

HST 414 English History (4)

HST 415 English History (4)

HST 416 English History (4)

HST 422 Germany: The 19th Century (4)

HST 423 Germany 1914 to 1945 (4)

HST 424 Postwar German History (4)

HST 425 Modern France: Revolution and Napoleon (4)

HST 426 Modern France: 19th Century (4)

HST 427 Modern France: 20th Century (4)

HST 431 Russia to Peter the Great (4)

HST 432 Imperial Russia (4)

HST 433 Soviet Russia (4)

HST 436 History of Modern Italy (4)

PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy (3)

PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy (3)

PHL 321 Existentialism (3)

PHL 323 Continental Philosophy (3)

PS 462 Government and Politics of Europe (3)

PS 461 Government and Politics of Post-

Communist States (3)

R 204 Intro to World Religions: Western (3)

SPAN 338 Hispanic Civilization and

Culture: Spain (3)

SPAN 413 Spanish Literature III: 18th and

19th Century (3)

SPAN 414 Spanish Literature IV:

Generation of 1898 (3)

SPAN 415 Spanish Literature V: 20th

Century (3)

B. Topical content (0-22 credits)(Or as needed to complete 30 total credits in content)

ANTH 370 Women in Cross-cultural Perspective (4)

ANTH 384 Modernization (4)

ANTH 386 Islam (4)

ANTH 388 Transnational Migration (4)

ANTH 432 Human Rights (4)

ANTH 478 Political Anthropology (4)

COM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)

ENG 341 Period Studies in World Literature after 1700 (4)

ENG 441 Studies in World Literature (4)

GEOG 370 Human Migration (4)

GEOG 410 Global Issues (4)

GEOG 418 International Trade and Transport (4)

HE 465 International Health (4)

HST 411 World Problems (4)

LING 312 Language and Society (4)

PHL 350 Social & Political Philosophy (3)

PS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

PS 432 Global Health Policy (3)

PS 465 Government & Politics of the Middle East (3)

PS 473 Globalization Issues (3)

PS 477 International Environmental Politics (3)

PS 481 International Law (3)

PS 493 International Organizations (3)

PS 497 U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

SPAN 445 Hispanic Women Writers (3)

Modern Language Specialization

(24 credits) In the same language

Study of a second modern world language through the third year of university level instruction or equivalent. First year courses may not be counted toward the major. Students who begin their college language study above the first term of the second year must complete the language requirement with other courses in that language and/or relevant study-abroad credits, or courses in a third language.

WOU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the International Studies major and a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all university work.

International Experience

The major requires at least 8 weeks of international experience consisting of study abroad, an international internship, and/or field research abroad, selected in consultation with and approved by the student’s advisor.

International Studies minor

(27 credits)

Choose 12 credits from the International Studies Core

Choose 15 additional upper-division credits from the International Studies Regional and Topical Content areas.

The major and minor may include additional courses (subject to pre-approval of the advisor) that focus on internationally related topics, and/or substantially and explicitly address international issues.


  • French is one of the world’s major international languages: it is spoken by over 200 million people in 43 countries, on 5 continents.  French-speaking Africa is larger than the USA.
  • Along with English, French is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, CUSO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund, the International Labour Bureau, and the International Olympic Committee.
  • The prestige of French art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinema makes French a culturally important foreign language. France is one of the most prolific producers of international films.  Learning French would allow you to learn about, understand and appreciate all these aspects of French culture.
  • French literature is one of the richest and most influential of the modern European world.  16 Nobel Prizes of Literature were awarded to French or Francophone authors, the latest one in 2008 (JMG Le Clézio).   Several well-known philosophers were also French, including Descartes, Pascal, Rousseau, Voltaire, Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. These authors’ works are far more appreciated when read in the original language.
  • French is also an inherent part of African and Caribbean culture.
  • Approximately 45% of English vocabulary comes from French. As you learn French, you also enhance your grammar and vocabulary skills in English.
  • A knowledge of French can open doors to graduate school, important research, and careers. American companies well established in France include: IBM, Microsoft, Mattel, Dow Chemical, Sara Lee, Ford, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Motorola, Steelcase, and Johnson & Johnson.
  • France is the world’s top tourist destination (60 million tourists yearly).  Who doesn’t want to visit Paris one day?  Wouldn’t it be nicer if you actually knew what you are ordering at the restaurant?




French Program

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