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 raison d'être.

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 blasépar 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.


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Qu'est-ce qui t'inspire?
Pursue your passions—including French!

"I fell in love with french after hearing and learning it while living overseas in Belgium for 3 years. I realized how beautiful the language is, and how fun it is to speak it!"

D Leary

- Drake Leary, '16

Study French, and find your élan and joie de vivre.  If you LOVE the French language, French culture, history, film, music, or Francophone cultural history, continue your study of French. Realize your potential in French, and see where it takes you. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes and the person you become.  Ask any of our alumni—they have no regrets, and most say studying French was "the best decision they ever made at IWU!"

Vive la différence!  Dare to be different.  If you love French, do it!  As they say, "you only live once":  "On ne vit qu'une fois."