• <a href="/live/image/gid/490/width/650/86390_French_Studies_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86390"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg" alt="Associate Professor of French and French Section Head Philippe Brand leading a class lecture. " srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2955" data-max-h="2832" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a> <div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption">Associate Professor of French and French Section Head Philippe Brand leading a class lecture. </div>

Why Choose a Degree in French?

Spoken by more than 230 million people, French is an official language of diplomacy for many international organizations, including the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, the Red Cross, and the United Nations. A strong knowledge of French language and culture is an asset to students seeking post-grad careers in education, diplomacy, international business, finance, economics, art, and more.

What You’ll Study

We offer a major and minor in French through the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Our classes are small, focused, and taught by expert faculty. Topics range from French composition and conversation, to major periods in French literature, to examinations of French society during various historical periods.

Many of our students earn course credit on overseas programs. In addition to general cultural programs that are open to all students, there are three language-intensive overseas programs for French: two in France—Paris and Strasbourg—and one in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Outside the classroom, the Keck Interactive Learning Center is a language center and community area that is packed with linguistic and cultural resources. The Global Languages and Cultures Living-Learning Community is a unique on-campus housing option with an immersive language-based focus. Our students are supported each year with a visiting French student from the Institut d’Études Politiques who teaches our conversation courses and offers tutoring support.


Complement Your Education With One of These Minors

The most popular minors for our French studies majors are English, history, and political science.

What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark

  • Ellie Miller, standing outside, smiling on a sunny day.

    At Lewis & Clark, I learned what I’m capable of academically. I built my research and critical-thinking skills, and became more confident in my ability to dive into new subjects I had never previously explored.

    Ellie Miller BA ’20
    Psychology, French studies (double) | Seattle, Washington
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  • Keilani, in a beige blazer, white t-shirt and blue jeans, smiling while leaning against a stone wall next to bright, colorful flower bushes.

    I knew I wanted to be an IA major because I was interested in global politics, with a little bit of human rights and economics, a touch of diplomatic relations, and a sprinkle of law. One of my first IA classes touched on all of these concepts the first day, which solidified my decision.

    Keilani Vega BA ’22
    International affairs | French studies and environmental studies (double) | Pasadena, California
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  • Cam Chang '21

    I wanted the opportunity to play football and obtain a great education, and L&C provided both.

    Cam Chang BA ’21
    Economics | French Studies | Honolulu, Hawai‘i
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What Can You Do With a Degree in French?

Our alumni use their BA in French in a variety of endeavors. In addition to receiving Fulbright and other grants to teach English or do research in French-speaking countries, our students pursue careers in teaching, academia, cultural exchange, law, and other fields.

Dedicated Faculty

Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.

Meet the Professors

  • Equity 

    We are the only liberal arts school in Oregon on Colleges of Distinction’s “Best Equity and Inclusion” list for 2023–24.

  • 10% 

    of our students are from countries other than the U.S.

  • 15% 

    first-generation students at Lewis & Clark College

  • 10% 

    of our undergraduate students are from outside the U.S.

  • Top 

    Lewis & Clark earned a spot on Princeton Review’s 2024 “Best Colleges” list.

Invest in Yourself

A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate with their bachelor of arts degree in four years that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.

Find Your People

Our student-led French Club gathers French speaking students from all over campus and offers a wide variety of activities including conversation groups, movies, karaoke, performances, and game nights in French. One of the oldest journals at L&C, Polyglot gives the opportunity to students of all levels to publish their work in French.

Where Lewis & Clark Will Take You

  • Hannah Singleton BA '21

    My education at Lewis & Clark allowed me to build the foundation to reach this height in my career as a young professional, and supported me in my belief that I could achieve it.

    Hannah Singleton BA ’21
    Sociology and Anthropology; French Studies | Corvallis, Oregon
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  • Aijia Duanmu BA '18

    The most important thing I learned at L&C is communication. Communication is the way to express myself, and to know a little more about myself. Also, it is a way to cooperate with others.

    Aijia Duanmu BA ’18
    French Studies
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  • Alaina King BA '19

    As a budding professional in the field of international education, I feel incredibly lucky that I get to work in a field where I can tap into my undergraduate studies on a daily basis.

    Alaina King BA ’19
    International Affairs and French Studies
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