Why French?

  • UMM Students

For the liberal arts student, the excitement of collaborating with French-speaking colleagues in a global economy springs in part from the long history of innovation and excellence achieved by the French, including the development of:

  • Blood transfusions
  • Automobile
  • Hot air balloon
  • Bicycle
  • Metric system
  • Stethoscope
  • Braille printing
  • Photography
  • Barometer
  • Gas engine
  • Motion picture projection
  • Fiber optics
  • HDTV
  • AIDS virus isolation

France also boasts more Nobel prizes for literature than any other nation. With such a history of accomplishment in the arts and sciences, it's not surprising students are eager to excel at a language that provides so many opportunities in fields ranging from:

  • Diplomacy to commerce
  • Healthcare
  • Research
  • Music
  • Art
  • History
  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Political science
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy

So how does the University of Minnesota, Morris, help you excel in French?

  • Courses provide both breadth and depth, giving students the language and analytic skills necessary to engage in interconnected fields and Francophone cultures throughout the world.

  • The discipline offers advanced coursework in grammar, phonetics, and translation, which is rarely offered at the undergraduate level. A wide variety of course offerings includes courses on medieval, early Modern, and Modern France as well as the arts, histories, and cultures of French-speaking North and West Africa.

  • Study Abroad opportunities abound, including winter weekends in Winnipeg, short-term summer programs to Paris, and Morocco, and semester or year-long exchanges in Lille and Montpellier, France. Nearly half of all Morris campus students study abroad.

  • Morris offers both a Global Student Teaching program and an English Language Teaching Assistant program providing employment opportunities in Francophone countries.

  • French students engage in career planning and professional development as part of the major, so they know how to use their liberal arts education and French language skills into a diverse and global workforce.

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