Why FFS at IWU?
Pourquoi le français?
Why study French?
Ok, here's the "hard sell."
The Numbers. Over 130 million Francophones in the world speak French fluently and use it regularly;
over 72 million "partial" Francophones in the world speak French but do not use it
regularly; over 100 million people in the world speak French after studying it. That
means that over 300 million people speak French. Study French and you'll find your
Popularity. French is the SECOND most studied language in the world, after English! This fact
makes the study of French de rigueur!
Vocabulary. Over a third of all words used in English were derived directly or indirectly from
French, and French figures prominently in vocabulary from many different disciplines,
from government and law to literature and art. With French, you'll have carte blanche when it comes to enriching your vocabulary in English.
Scope. French is not limited to 1 or 2 continents: it is spoken in over 50 countries in
the world. It's a veritable linguistic coup d'état!
Influence. French is an official language of the United Nations, the International Red Cross,
the Olympic Games, the European Commission... French is a force majeure.
Usefulness. Knowledge of French is important in areas such as business, technology, science,
and the arts, due to the influence of France in these sectors. You will study French,
it's a fait accompli.
Glamor. Don't be blasé: par excellence, French is still the language of the literati and the glitterati! French is always
chic and never cliché, and people who speak French have a certain je ne sais quoi with real savoir faire and panache.
So... are you persuaded yet?
Qui étudie le français?
Who studies French & Francophone Studies at IWU?
A major or minor in French & Francophone Studies is a great complement to nearly ANY
major or minor at IWU.
Business, Pre-Law. Whether you're pursing your degree in Business Administration/International Business
or you're preparing to apply to law school, advanced coursework in French will give
you a broader outlook and a leg up in your career.
Social Sciences. Students of psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, women's studies, and
political science find advanced French useful.
International Studies. French is a great choice for students with a concentration in Western European Studies,
Diplomatic Studies, African Studies and Development Studies.
Humanities. Not only is French a natural fit with other languages (including English!), it's
perfect for studying philosophy, religion, history, literature, art history and criticism,
music history, etc.
Arts. Students pursing fine arts degrees in music, theater, and art have benefited from
advanced coursework in French--particularly those students going on to graduate programs.
French is a great language to study for students interested in creative writing!
Educational Studies. Knowledge of French is a great way to make yourself more marketable.