French and Francophone Studies
Today, French is spoken on every continent on earth—and locally, right here in Bloomington-Normal. Designated a critical language by the Department of Defense, French also functions as a working language of many major international organizations such as the United Nations, the Red Cross, the European Court of Justice, and the International Olympic Committee.
Studying French opens doors to careers in government, public service, tourism, hospitality, health services, business, law, technology, fashion, communication, and education. Studying French improves your written and spoken communication (even in English!), equips you to succeed in a global workforce, and encourages a broader perspective on what it means to be human. Studying abroad in French-speaking country provides immersive, incomparable experience in a real-life context.
Listen to this French minor describe her many takeaways from French studies at Illinois State.
Offers a dynamic interdisciplinary lens for exploring the diverse cultural productions of the Francophone world.
Prepares graduates for K-12 teaching. Students engage closely with faculty and regularly study abroad.
Studying French opens doors to careers in government, public service, tourism, hospitality, health services, and more.
Resources For You
Learn more about the benefits of involvement in a registered student organization.
If you have previous experience in a language offered at Illinois State, you can take our Online Placement Exams.
Meet the professors and professionals with whom you will be working.
Students are helped on a first-come, first-served basis with questions that they have concerning their language learning.
Explore Your Options
Earn Free Credit Hours
If you took this language in high school, you may be able to begin at a higher level of this language at ISU, making you eligible to earn four to eight hours credit for free. This can amount to more than $2,000 in savings.Email us with questions about placement.
Partner with Us
If you love this language and culture as much as we do, let’s chat. We’re happy to visit high school classrooms, show you around our space, and come up with new ideas to celebrate and pass on this language and culture.Email Laura Edwards to start a conversation.
"The process of learning a foreign language educated me beyond grammar and linguistics. It has encouraged me to move out of my comfort zone, view the world from different perspectives and communicate while traveling abroad."
— Addie CaDavid'12
French minor and international volunteer