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.
News and Announcements
- National French Week 2019 featured in Wave Magazine
- French-PoliSci double major Emlia Santana ('21) talks to Wave Magazine about her recent Study Abroad experience in France and beyond!
- Le Cercle Francophone co-hosts the JU Honors Summit celebrating France
Dr. Tamara Bentley Caudill
Assistant Professor of French
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