If you’re interested in working or serving abroad, interacting with immigrant populations or studying language at the graduate-school level, consider George Fox’s French minor.
An ability to speak French is valuable on the international job market for careers in international business, education and in diplomatic service. French is a major language of culture, diplomacy and economics and is an official language of many of the world’s organizations, including the United Nations, NATO, UNESCO and the International Red Cross Association.
In fact, after English, French is the most studied second language around the globe, and more than 200 million people speak it. A knowledge of French opens the doors for work or service in French-speaking parts of the world (France, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and North and sub-Saharan Africa).
Study French Abroad
The French minor requires a semester abroad. Students can study in France in either Paris or Dijon, or in Dakar, Senegal. Multiple other opportunities to travel and study in French-speaking countries are also available, often during the summer.
French on Campus
The university’s world languages department and students of Le Club de Français sponsor cultural events throughout the year, including French cooking classes (galette des Rois, crepes, bûche de Noel, etc.), French film festivals, pétanque tournaments and French cultural field trips to Portland, which, on one occasion, included meeting with French basketball players Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker.
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French-minor Student Experiences
“The decision to study the French language has been one that has consistently opened doors for me. Learning a second language has made it possible for me to meet people from all over the world, to study foreign cultures in depth and to travel internationally. In my time at George Fox I have been fortunate enough to able to travel to Belgium, Switzerland and France. After graduation I will begin an internship in New York City working for The Quaker United Nations Office, where I expect to be using my French quite frequently. J’adore le Français!.”
- Della Anderson ('13)
“My semester in Senegal was both challenging and encouraging – a great balance of being stretched and thriving in adventure. I learned so much about the culture of the Senegalese people and their West African heritage, as well as their current political issues. Dakar is a very international city, so I met people from Guinea, Gabon, Egypt, Mauritania and Cameroon. My favorite experience was my internship in a pottery workshop where I got to know some deaf/mute boys and teach pottery to street youth.”
- Jodi Van Gorkom ('14)
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- Christ-centered community
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- Global opportunities
Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!
- Small classes
Our 13.6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.
- National recognition
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French-minor Student Experiences
“I had the amazing opportunity to study in Dijon, France, for a semester enjoying the rich French culture and better learning the language. One of the best parts of my study abroad experience was living with a host family right in the center of Dijon. I learned so much and have been pleased to find myself becoming more confident in the language. It’s been an incredible experience and I strongly encourage others to participate.”
- Emily Moore
“My time in France was an amazing experience. I was able to travel through many cities in Provence – including Arles, Avignon as well as Beaune and Dijon in Burgundy. I loved seeing all the history through the architecture, museums and cathedrals. During my time in Dijon, I stayed with a friendly host family with another George Fox student. The summer program was the perfect combination of French language studies and immersion into French culture. I want to go back!"
- Kristina Hoffman