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The top 5 things to consider when planning a major in French

  1. It is possible to complete a French major in four years, even if you have no prior experience in French. Get started as soon as you can to take full advantage of opportunities to study abroad and to combine French with another program of study.
  2. The first three years of the major are sequenced and we’re able to offer only one section for each course. These limitations can be overcome with careful planning. Work with a faculty member in French to ensure you have maximum flexibility.
  3. If you have to take a semester away from French for some reason, speak with a French professor about ways to maintain your skills. French offers 1-cr. skill maintenance courses to help you keep your French in shape even when you don’t have time for a course.
  4. Morris offers many great opportunities to study in Francophone countries. Take full advantage in order to develop your skills and knowledge of the rest of the world. To be sure you get the most out of your adventures, engage in careful course planning pre-departure with a faculty member in the French discipline.
  5. Learning a language is analogous to playing an instrument. You can’t become a clarinetist by attending clarinet concerts, and you can’t learn a language through attendance, alone. DIVE IN and take advantage of every opportunity to practice your skills: attend French table and other French Club opportunities, work at Concordia Language Villages in the summer, engage in peer tutoring to support less advanced students, and study abroad.