French Department

The study of French helps prepare students for life in a global 21st century.

Spoken in over 43 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, French is truly a world language. With over 220 million speakers, French is projected by some to be the world's most spoken language by 2050

The French major is perfect for students interested in:

  • Pursuing careers in international law, business, or government service;
  • Going into teaching, healthcare, or other fields that are increasingly connected to our local, immigrant communities;
  • Teaching French at the elementary or secondary level; or
  • A general humanistic education based on the language and literature of the French-speaking world

Why Study French in Jacksonville?

Did you know that one of the very first French attempts at colonizing the New World was right here in Jacksonville, near the mouth of the St. John's River? Named Fort Caroline after King Charles IX, the settlement was founded by Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in 1564. Though the settlers were ultimately massacred by Spaniards from nearby St. Augustine, the site remains an important reminder of the French presence in the area.

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Dr. Tamara Bentley Caudill
Associate Professor of French | Council 132 | 904.256.7103