Bonjour! French is spoken by over 220 million people worldwide including Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Madagascar), Asia (Vietnam), Oceana (Tahiti), South America (French Guiana), the Caribbean (Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy {"St. Barts"}), North America (Louisiana/Cajun, Quebec), and Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Luxembourg). Demographers predict that by 2025 French will be the most widely spoken language in Europe and that by 2050 the number of French speakers will rise to over 700 million around the world.

Currently, French is an official language of 29 countries, second only to English in this category. French is one of the working languages of numerous international organizations including the United Nations and the European Union. In addition, French has played an important role in art, cultures, film, cuisine and viticulture, sports, world politics, international business, science and medicine, and global communication. Being proficient in French and knowledgeable about French-speaking cultures will enhance any profession and field of specialization as well as enrich one’s intellectual growth.

French Certificate

  • FREN 101 Elementary French I – 4 units
  • FREN 102 Elementary French II – 4 units
  • FREN 203 Intermediate French III – 4 units

A.A. in French

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 18 units from the courses listed below:

Core Courses
  • FREN 101  Elementary French I – 4 units
  • FREN 102  Elementary French II – 4 units
  • FREN 203  Intermediate French III – 4 units
  • FREN 204  Intermediate French IV – 4 units
  • FREN 225  Advanced French I – 3 units
  • FREN 226  Advanced French II – 3 units
Cultural Courses
  • FREN 108 A  French Culture and Literature Got to the Cinema – 3 units
  • FREN 108 B  French Culture and Literature Got to the Cinema – 3 units
Conversational Courses
  • FREN 110  Conversational French I – 4 units
  • FREN 112  Conversational French II – 4 units
  • FREN 114  Conversational French III – 4 units
Independent Study
  • FREN 249 A  Independent Study – 1 unit
  • FREN 249 B  Independent Study – 2 units
  • FREN 249 C  Independent Study – 3 units

Career Options

Diplomatic Service, Editor, Foreign Correspondent, Foreign Service Officer, Hotel Management, Import/Export, International Business, Teacher, Tour Guide, Translator/Interpreter, Travel Agent.

French Speaking Countries

Africa: Algeria*, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djbouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania*, Mauritius*, Morocco*, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Tunisia*
Asia: Lebanon*, Vietnam*
Caribbean: Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe
Europe: Andorra*, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland
North America: Canada (Québec), United States (Louisiana, Cajun Country)*
Oceania: Tahiti, Vanuatu

*Countries where French is commonly used but not the official language.

Policy Statement Regarding Sequence of Enrollment in French Language Classes: Although students are advised to enroll in language courses sequentially, they will not be precluded from enrolling in lower level language classes after completion of more advanced courses. Students should be aware, however, that units resulting from the lower level courses may not be accepted at transfer institutions as a part of the required transferring units.