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The program in French studies at the University of Texas at Austin offers a rich and diversified curriculum in language, literature, linguistics, civilization, and film taught by award-winning faculty. The French major consists of 24 hours of upper division coursework in French.

The French major can be combined very effectively with studies in political science, history, literature, art and social sciences. Students are encouraged to explore their interests in French through research, internships, and study abroad.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a French major must first meet with a French advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the French degree plan to see all required courses for the French major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and French course descriptions.


The French major does not have multiple specializations or tracks, but the degree plan allows for students to focus on areas of interests such as literature, culture, or linguistics. Qualified students can also apply for departmental honors and write a thesis on a topic of their choosing.


As political and economic issues become increasingly international in scope, there is a growing need for Americans to be proficient in foreign languages. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate and law school; others have started promising careers in journalism, international business, government service, and teaching.

There is a pressing need for qualified and dedicated teachers of French, from elementary schools to universities. Many private companies and public agencies need employees and managers who are proficient in French. A command of French, combined with training in business or science, may open opportunities in a variety of American companies that are active in the European community, Canada, the Caribbean, and Africa.