Program overview

Major/minor: French

Cornell College offers a full range of French courses, from classes in beginning and intermediate language to classes for advanced students with majors and minors in French. Advanced students receive comprehensive training in composition and conversation, French and Francophone cultures around the world, and French literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Off-campus study

Cornell's One Course At A Time calendar makes it easy to schedule block-long journeys to places like Montreal and Morocco. Students can also study for a semester in France or other French-speaking countries through relationships with other programs. Visit our off-campus study pages for more information.

Why French?

An official language of the United Nations, UNESCO and NATO, French is the second most widely taught language in the world. Americans need not travel to another continent to use their French, for French is an official language of Canada, and Francophone culture is alive and well in many regions of the United States.


There are many job opportunities in international organizations for French speakers, and students of French are well-prepared for graduate studies. Students in both the humanities and the sciences will have expanded opportunities for research in their disciplines when they achieve proficiency in French.