- French (B.A.)
Immerse yourself in the French language, culture, and literature both at Messiah and abroad.
As a French major at Messiah College, you’ll spend one or two semesters at the Université de Strasbourg, the largest university in France; live with a French family or in student housing; and even complete an internship through Internships with Francophone Europe, if you desire.
Here at Messiah, you’ll find yourself immersed in the French language, culture, and literature as you learn from faculty who have both studied and lived in French-speaking regions of the world. Through challenging coursework, you’ll develop linguistic competence and critical skills, as well as a profound appreciation of the culture and civilization of the French-speaking peoples.
Our graduates have found rewarding employment in many areas of interest – some as librarians; one as the director of Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA) in Strasbourg, France; and another as a tour guide in Paris. Others are teachers both here and abroad. One is the chair of a language department, and another is a translator at the French Embassy. A degree in French from Messiah prepares you well for career choices like these and more. You’ll be ready to meet the strong international demand for students with advanced training in modern languages and cultures.
As a French major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Complete an internship through Internships with Francophone Europe between semesters at Strasbourg. The program includes a five-week intensive training course to prepare students for a twelve-week internship with a French company.
- Take regular university courses in performing arts, history, art history, archeology, literature, linguistics, philosophy, natural sciences, sociology, modern languages, business, political science, economics, and theology at the Université de Strasbourg.
- Choose a secondary major or two minors. (The French major at Messiah is a 42-hour requirement.)
- Take advanced courses dealing intensively with individual authors or periods of special significance.
- Use our state-of-the-art Beatriz Howe Language Laboratory where you can improve your listening comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation skills in French.
“Studying abroad isn't just about learning another language; it's about learning to adapt to new situations, being willing to try new things, and being open to learning about yourself. While I was abroad in France, I got to meet new people, explore centuries-old cities, and experience life like would never be possible here in the United States.”