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BW’s French major offers a practical approach to language that connects it to real life and prepares you for diverse career opportunities.


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Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Known for being the international language of politics, French also has application for science, technology, transportation and finance. It is an outstanding major offering diverse career opportunities.

Today, it is spoken on five continents and is the official working language of the United Nations, NATO, European Union, International Red Cross, World Health Organization, UNESCO and International Olympic Committee, among others.

Baldwin Wallace's French major offers a practical approach to language study that connects it to real life. You'll learn about current events, intercultural communication and sensitivities, French literature and civilization.

Coursework is comprehensive and integrates reading, writing, speaking and language comprehension.

Experiential learning is central to the program. You can attend cultural events and culinary field trips, join student organizations and participate in a French language table.

Study abroad offers outstanding opportunities for year-long, semester, six- or two-week immersion experiences. You can visit France, Quebec or other French-influenced areas.

Also complementary to your coursework are internships, independent study projects, service-learning activities and co-curricular involvement.


A main trading partner with the U.S., France is among the leaders of the world market. It ranks fourth in the Fortune Global 500, behind the USA, China and Japan. There are more Fortune Global 500 companies headquartered in Paris than in Beijing, New York, London or Munich.


Government, education, business and nonprofit sectors seek individuals who are fluent in two or more languages. Examples of positions include:

  • Arts-related manager
  • Curator/archivist
  • Linguist/interpreter
  • Foreign service associate
  • Fashion buyer
  • Teacher
  • Banking/finance manager
  • Travel industry coordinator

Become a Teacher


If you would like to become a French teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.


Benefits of learning a foreign language are multi-fold and include:

  • Career marketability
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Global awareness and intercultural competence
  • Cultural appreciation


Offered as a major and minor, French blends comprehensive coursework with dynamic practical application.

It is an outstanding companion major or minor to other disciplines, including the fine arts, science, business, international studies, sociology, political science, history and philosophy.

French courses are open to students of all majors. If you have previously taken classes in French in high school, you will be required to complete a placement test prior to registering for courses.

Within the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, BW offers additional majors and minors in German and Spanish. Instruction also is available for Arabic, Chinese and Italian.

The French major prepares students to:

  • Communicate in languages other than English
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Use foreign language in connection with other disciplines
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of language and culture
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:


French Club
The club offers a forum for students and others interested in French social, cultural and language activities, including cinema, video, music, cuisine, discussions and more. Other BW foreign language clubs include the German Club, Italian Club, Middle Eastern Culture Club and Spanish Club.

Language Tables
Language tables are a great opportunity to practice your foreign language skills outside the classroom. All language levels are welcomed.

International Film Series
An annual event on campus, the International Film Series showcases films representing a variety of cultures.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Recent graduates with French degrees are finding success in a variety of careers. 

Selena VenturaSelena Ventura ’13 is French-speaking customer support specialist at Sherwin Williams in Cleveland. A French and international affairs major, Selena studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence. Her current position includes travel to Canada and work with a variety of countries. She is from Lakewood, Ohio.

Ashley FreytagAshley Freytag ’12 is missionary for Fellowship of Evangelical Churches in Kedougou, Senegal. BW faculty challenged the Wauseon, Ohio, native to think critically about the world and become involved in Model African Union, an experience that helped her realize her passion for international missionary work.



Full-Time Faculty

Nadia Sahely
Chair, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Ph.D., Brown University

Adjunct Faculty

Anthony Celhay
M.A., Kent State University