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Did you know the Age of Enlightenment was centered in France? Or that the French pioneered innovations from blood transfusions to automobiles to HDTV?

For the liberal arts student interested in excellence and innovation across the globe, French is a powerful tool. Whether you are just beginning your exploration of the language or continuing efforts begun elsewhere, the skills and knowledge you will acquire by studying French at the University of Minnesota, Morris, will serve you well, wherever your life and career choices may take you.

Here are some of the advantages to studying French at Morris:

  • The French Discipline devotes one third of its capstone course to career planning and professional development, better preparing students to find jobs using their French.

  • The major offers both breadth and depth, covering all periods of French civilization and francophone cultures.

  • In addition to advanced courses in grammar and phonetics, the Morris campus offers translation coursework, rarely provided at the undergraduate level.

  • Professors in the French Discipline regularly host short-term trips to Paris and Morocco. Nearly half of all Morris campus students study abroad. Students can also study for a semester or a year in Montpellier, France or, because Morris is part of the University of Minnesota system, in one of the many francophone programs available through the Learning Abroad Center on the Twin Cities campus.

  • Morris students and faculty often travel together in February to attend the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg.

  • The campus French club, Entre Nous, sponsors an annual French cinema series, the Tournées Film Festival, as well as the Annual Edith R. Farrell Poetry Reading Contest, now in its third decade.

  • French students stage plays, bring guest performers to campus, and enjoy a weekly French conversation table at the campus Turtle Mountain Café.