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Photo of Paris by Anthony DELANOIX on UnsplashFrench, the second most widely learned language after English, is spoken by more than 220 million people. As the world’s fifth economy and a leading destination for foreign investment, France is a not only a key economic partner, but also the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. It is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and International Courts. It's a delight to learn as a melodius, rich language often called the language of love.

As a French major or minor, you'll join the Department of World Languages at Aquinas College, which promotes an understanding of and exchange with other cultures both within and outside the United States. Our integrated program of language learning incorporates all of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students learn to use the language in a communicative, interactive environment within the classroom. The Department also offers a variety of courses for advanced study in culture, literature, applied language for the professions, translation and interpretation. These courses are designed to enhance an understanding of the richness of the human experience over the centuries and across cultures, and prepare our students for graduate school and/ or the professional world.


Explore French at AQ

Career Preparation based on leadership

Student Research

Student Productions

See real Aquinas students put their knowledge of the French language to usein Student Productions. “Le meurtre de Danny” is a short one-take, improvised movie shot in the French Conversation class.

STEM Scholars

Experience France

The France Program is designed to accommodate a full range of language levels so that participants can earn a variety of credits toward the French major or minor while gaining an intensive cultural experience.


Majoring or minoring in French is a way for students to develop the global knowledge and expertise that are increasingly valued in the marketplace. Proficiency in a second language is in itself a valuable skill, but students gaining that proficiency will also learn to gain new perspectives on other cultures, as well as on American culture and practices.

The following is a list of career possibilities for language majors and minors. It is by no means exhaustive, but is to suggest potential areas for future employment. The World Language Department faculty strongly encourage students to discuss their ideas concerning post-graduate employment with professors within and outside the department.

  • International business (import/export; multinational corporations)
  • International banking
  • International and corporate law
  • International consulting
  • International agency staff
  • U.S. Foreign Service
  • Travel & tourism industry
  • Social service agencies
  • Interpreting
  • Translation
  • Education (primary, secondary, college; bilingual education)
  • Writing (journalism; technical writing)
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Library & information sciences
  • U.S. Customs & Immigration

Occupational Employment and Wages - May 2022

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Interpreters and Translators:

Employment Mean hourly wage Mean annual wage
52,160 $29.68 $61,730


Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.13 $19.92 $25.79 $35.30 $44.78
Annual Wage $33,540 $41,440 $53,640 $73,430 $93,140

For more information see: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Student Profiles

French for Business Diploma

Aquinas College is an approved examination center of the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Students who succeed in obtaining this certificate have an in-depth knowledge of the French language and can work in any business-related field.

Students in Lab

Alumni Profiles

AQ grads are thankful for the small class sizes that allow them to form personal relationships with professors.