French, a language of major importance in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, serves as a Lingua Franca throughout the world. Students at Creighton follow a program of study that helps them develop not only competence in all four areas of language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), but also an appreciation for French and francophone literature and culture.They select from seminars on Business Communication and Cinema, for example, and a faculty-led interdisciplinary immersion course in Paris. Our majors have been awarded assistantships by the French Ministry of Education to teach English in French schools. They have also studied at universities in France, Belgium, and Quebec. Our broad co-curricular offerings include a weekly Table de français, the French Club, and collaborative activities with the Omaha chapter of the Alliance Française.
Why study French?
French is a melodious and romantic language spoken in 55 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people. It is also the third most common language on the Internet. Moreover, French is the official language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more. Some of the greatest writers and philosophers in the world have written in French.
If you study French, you will:
- Be able to pursue studies in French and Francophone cultures and thus learn to appreciate the literature, arts and customs of French speaking countries: France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Haiti, Guadeloupe, la Martinique, and many African nations
- Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Become more competitive in the international job market in disciplines such as business, medicine, law, aviation, global transportation and distribution.
- Promote language diversity throughout the world