College of Arts & Sciences


Why pursue a French degree at North Central College?

Adding another language to your skill set is a great way to prepare for international business, graduate work or world travel—and a great way to wow potential employers. Include a secondary education major in your studies and you’ll also be equipped to teach French to K-12 students. At North Central we keep our classes small to ensure that you receive all the personalized help and attention you’ll need. After completing a placement test you’ll meet with your advisor to make sure you begin your studies at the level that’s best for you.

You can also:

  • Use short-term learning opportunities to conduct research through a Richter Grant or May Term travel to French-speaking areas.
  • Expand your linguistic and cultural proficiencies by studying abroad for a term through our exchange program in Angers, France.
  • Participate in the French Club and the annual Modern and Classical Languages Festival.
  • Travel to countries like Haiti to volunteer for ministry and service.
  • Take advantage of the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center for one-on-one tutoring or audio and video support.
  • Earn an English language learner (ELL) minor to qualify to teach English abroad in a French-speaking country or teach ESL in Illinois schools.
  • Qualify for induction to Pi Delta Phi, the International French Honor Society, or Phi Sigma Iota for students studying more than one language.

More Department information

French, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

The French major consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours (FREN or FRST), at or above the 201-level. Of the 33 credit hours, at least 28 credit hours must come from courses taught in French (FREN) and five credit hours must be at the 400-level including FREN 480.


Students seeking teaching licensure must also complete the Secondary Education major requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

French Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

A minimum of 20 credit hours in French language, including four credit hours at the 300-level or above.

French Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in French have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • University of Iowa, Linguistics


Recent graduates in French include:

  • International trainer
  • Special collections librarian
  • Travel guide
  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • English teacher in French high school

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