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French Faculty Advisors

Adjunct Instructors of French

  • Marie Glover
  • Brittney Gehrig

Why Study French?

“There is one skill that is being learned around the world, with enrollments growing by 50% in Asia and Africa […]. This highly sought-after global skill is not social media, data analytics, or coding; it is learning French. French is a language that reflects both the rich cultural and historical heritage of France and also that of the worldwide Francophonie. It is a language of international diplomacy, a global business language, and a top internet language, which points to the growing importance of French. […]  A 2014 study by investment bank Natixis suggests that by 2050, French might be the most widely spoken language in the world, with a half billion speakers.”
— Language Magazine

Degrees Offered

Degree Requirements

  1. To begin the program for the B.A. in French, the student must demonstrate competency in French equivalent to the completion of elementary (FRENCH 101-102) and intermediate (FRENCH 201, 202, 203) French – 16 credit hours.
  2. Competency must be demonstrated by course work or placement/challenge procedures.
  3. The program must be developed in consultation with a major advisor in French.
  4. The student must demonstrate advanced levels of language proficiency by means of an oral proficiency interview administered as part of the senior seminar (FRENCH 498), which must be taken during the last year of the program.

Minors offered

Certificates Offered:

Elementary French Certificate 
Course Number and TitleCredits
FRENCH 101 Elementary French I4
FRENCH 102 Elementary French II4
Total8

Intermediate French Certificate 
Course Number and TitleCredits
FRENCH 101 Elementary French I4
FRENCH 102 Elementary French II4
FRENCH 201 Intermediate French I3
FRENCH 202 Intermediate French II3
Total14

Course Offerings

Students of French at Boise State

IMG_1369“A few months after I finished my degrees in French and Spanish Language and Literature at Boise State, I moved to the UK and started a Masters program in International Human Resource Management at the University of the West of England. In this program I learned HR management skills in an international context. We compared HR practices in leading and emerging economies like the UK, France, Germany, and China, and explored the challenges in managing people from different cultures. The cultural skills I learned from my language degrees at Boise State were a big help to me when I started this program because it gave me an understanding for a culture other than those I had lived in. After graduating from my masters in October 2015, I started looking for a job in HR management at a multinational company in the UK. After a few months of searching I was offered a place on the HR Graduate Fast-Track Scheme at Airbus. This was a very competitive process, and out of 300 applicants, only 3 of us were successful. One of the things that made me stand out the most in my application was my degree in French! Airbus is based in France, and one of my interviewers was from Toulouse. The first thing he saw on my CV were my languages degrees, so he immediately started asking me a few interview questions in French, and also about my knowledge of the country and culture. I’m so excited to be starting this program in September with a training weekend in Toulouse, and I know I would not be there without my studies in French at Boise State!”
— Cindy Stott, French and Spanish Double Major

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After graduating from Boise State in 2013 with a double major in French and International Business, Geoff Moore earned a MA in Conflict Resolution from King’s College in London, England.  He is currently working for the International Crisis Group, a non-profit NGO in New York City, and recently shared his reflections on how his studies in French from Boise State have been instrumental to his post-graduate studies and career:

“I am confident that my knowledge of French helped me to get my job with International Crisis Group because they explicitly asked about my degree in my interview. I use the language intermittently in my daily work because I report on events at the UN Security Council. If, for example, the Special Envoy for Syria is asked a question in French while I take notes on his press conference, I have to be able to switch between English and French. Knowing both languages is extremely useful when your work involves the UN.

Reading primary sources in French (such as laws) allowed me to expand the range of material I could analyze for research during my master’s degree. Being able to access news reports and journal articles in French was particularly important when I was writing about topics in North Africa because I didn’t need to rely on translations. Having French classmates, and others who were fluent in French, allowed me to chat with them and ask questions when I didn’t understand something.

My French courses at Boise State prepared me beyond language skills. I could not have guessed how much my academic interest in violent conflicts would be informed by what I learned from reading Albert Camus or studying French history and politics. Similarly, it is hard to describe how analyzing the film Welcome in my French Senior Seminar about refugees in the French city of Calais, would be something I’d take to heart when visiting the Calais refugee camp as a volunteer. More important than all of that, is the fact that my professors got me excited about studying. They did this by emphasizing that a literary analysis should be approached like a detective approaches a case, looking for evidence. Learning a language is about more than just learning grammar – it is about getting excited by the new ideas that come from learning about a different culture.”

French Placement Exam

In order to be placed in the correct French class, students must take the French placement exam.  The exam fee is $11.25, payable in the Academic and Career Services Building, Room 115, prior to taking the test.  Please call or email Testing Services at least four hours in advance to schedule an exam. Bring the fee receipt and photo ID to the test in the Academic and Career Services Building, Room 115.  Scoring is immediate.  Please allow two hours to take the exam.  Call to verify current hours at 208/426-2762.

Credit for Prior Learning

Once a student enrolls in and successfully completes an language course beyond the 101-level with a grade of C- or higher, he or she may petition to receive credit for all courses that are prerequisites to the course that the student has successfully completed. See the detailed explanation of Challenge Exams and Credit for Prior Learning.

World Language Resource Center

Located next to the department offices in the Library, Room L-144, students studying a world language have access to state-of-the art equipment in the World Languages Resource Center. Whether taking a study break in between classes or completing a research project, the Center is dedicated to providing tools and services to language students. A computer lab provides access to authentic resources such as online journals and newspapers from around the world, specialized software and recording tools. The Center also hosts a collection of more than 1,200 films for student checkout, along with mobile tablets for use in and out of the classroom.

Most 100- and 200- level language courses require lab participation such as video, conversation, and computer activities in the Language Resource Center, for which students pay an additional laboratory fee.