Why earn a bachelor's degree in French?

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Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
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More than 400 million people around the globe speak French, making it one of the most widely spoken and influential languages in the world. French is an essential language for anyone who wants to converse fluently in the international arenas of business, diplomacy, science, art and culture.

As a French major or minor at UND, you'll immerse yourself in French language and culture and examine literature, film and other media from the 50-plus French-speaking countries of the world. You'll choose upper-division courses from the following categories:

  • The study and practice of spoken and written French in national and international contexts
  • An interdisciplinary approach to the study of Francophone literatures and films
  • The understanding and analysis of Francophone perspectives regarding socio-cultural contemporary world issues

Our students have paired a major in French with engineering, medicine, education, aviation, criminal justice, music, history and many other fields.

French is also offered as a minor or certificate.

French at UND

  • Spend a summer, a semester or a year studying abroad in a French-speaking country

  • Participate weekly in our vibrant French Club.

  • Work with faculty who hold doctoral degrees and expertise in a wide array of cultural and linguistic subjects.

  • Apply for language scholarships to invest in your education.

  • Supplement your bachelor's degree in French with an International Studies minor.

French Careers


Median annual salary for postsecondary teachers

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Anticipated job growth for foreign language teachers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Foreign Language Teachers

A degree in French opens the door to a wealth of career opportunities in the United States and abroad. Researchers predict that French-speaking communities will grow rapidly in the coming decades, expanding opportunities to work in international business, tourism, diplomacy and much more.

UND's proximity to French-speaking Canada means your French degree will increase your marketability in the local job market. With a degree in French from UND, you'll be prepared for any career path you choose.

UND French Alumni

Our alumni have gone on to graduate study and/or careers in:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • International business
  • Human rights and more.

French alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Fargo Public Schools
  • Student Success Center
  • University of Colorado
  • Delta Airlines
  • Applied Engineering, Inc.

French Courses You Could Take

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