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Concentration in French, French/International Studies/Business and French Minor


 

World Languages offers a Concentration and Minor in French and a Concentration in French/International Studies/Business. See Degree Requirements for more information about the courses needed.

 

What foreign language is the most useful? French, according to Intelligent Life magazine and The Economist (April 2012). Besides English, "If you want another truly global language (…) French is unquestionably top of the list. It can enhance your enjoyment of art, history, literature, food, while giving you an important tool in business and in diplomacy. French has native speakers in every region on earth (…) and France attracts more tourists than any other country" (83 million in 2013 vs. 67 million in the US, the distant second –Source: INSEE).

Today French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with 110 million native speakers and 190 million secondary speakers worldwide. There are fifty-six countries with a French-speaking heritage. French is spoken not only in France, Québec, Belgium, Switzerland, the Caribbean, and Africa, but also by many educated people worldwide, from Morocco to Vietnam. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and of a large number of international organizations, including NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, the Council of Europe, and the International Court of Justice.

Great American icons from Benjamin Franklin to Ernest Hemingway to Jacqueline Kennedy & John Kerry have been speakers of French and enthusiasts of French culture. The French have won sixteen Nobel Prizes in literature alone, not to mention dozens in other disciplines such as medicine.

France is the fourth largest foreign investor in the Tampa Bay area with approximately fifty French companies working here. In addition, the two largest companies based in the Tampa Bay area have very successful operations in France. Bloomberg Rankings puts French on top for business, after English and Chinese: http://bloom.bg/n8B7YC.