The UWM French Program allows students to develop their proficiency in French and explore the cultures, arts, literatures, histories, and politics of France and other Francophone countries around the world.
French students at UWM develop a global perspective and a better understanding of cultural diversity on a global scale. Many students studying French at UWM spend time studying abroad in a French-speaking country and often find that immersing themselves in the language and culture of another country can be an extremely enriching intellectual and personal experience.
Students interested in French can earn a major, a minor, or just take classes of interest as part of their slate of electives. Non-degree students and auditors are also welcome to join us in exploring the French language and the Francophone world.
Studying a second language has been demonstrated to improve a person’s overall reading and listening abilities, critical thinking skills, reasoning and logic which are important and skills across fields of study and careers.
At UWM, different language programs are offered through different departments. Through the Department of Global Studies, we offer French and Italian. Other available languages can be browsed via our World Languages web page. And, we offer retroactive credits to students who are able to begin their college study of Italian in second-semester Italian or higher based on the results of a placement test. Up to 14 retroactive credits are available if a student takes a higher level class and completes it with a grade of B or better.
Prospective Students (not yet enrolled at UWM)
Specific questions about French, such as research opportunities, internship opportunities, major requirements, etc., should be directed to Prof. Larry Kuiper.
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Undergraduate Programs in French
UWM offers a French major and a French minor. We also offer an accelerated program for first-year students who enter UWM with advanced French language skills. In the accelerated program, students can earn both the bachelor’s degree in French and a Master’s degree either in French and Francophone literatures and cultures or in translation and interpreting studies in five years instead of six. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor by the middle of their first year.
Major, Minor, and Accelerated Degrees
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Why Study French?
French language skills and cultural competency provides tangible benefits!
- Become an attractive job candidate for various government or business jobs that require these characteristics. France has the fifth largest economy in the world and more than 4,500 French companies operate in the U.S. Plus French is an official language of other countries and regions including parts of Africa.
- French is the second most common world language taught in U.S. high schools – prepare for a high school teaching career!
- Enjoy and appreciate many works of literature and art and performance art in their native language.
- Gain confidence and competence as a world traveler.
- Knowing French will improve your English language skills since so much of English is derived from French origins.