France has one of the richest European histories, cultures, and literatures, and its artistic and philosophical thought has had a great impact on Western civilization. French was for a long time the language of international diplomacy, and continues to be widely spoken throughout the world. It is the official language of more than 20 countries and is, with English, the only language spoken on all five continents. Historically, France and the French language have had an enormous influence on American society.
Basic French language training
The first and second year courses (FREN 1501, FREN 1502, FREN 2301, FREN 2302) work with MCL’s Language Acquisition Center (LAC) to provide credit for foreign language requirements.
These courses also prepare students for advanced level courses in language, culture and civilization, and literature. Contact Claudine Giacchetti for more information.
The French major
The French Program at the University of Houston offers an undergraduate course of studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, preparing students for further study in French, such as a Master’s or a Ph.D., for the teaching profession, or for business and government careers. A 2.5 minimum GPA is required. Complete information is on our degree programs page, UH Catalog or contact Claudine Giacchetti .
French Language Minor
The French minor requires 15 semester hours, of which 12 must be advanced, including 3 hours at the 4000 level. At least 9 of the advanced semester hours must be completed in residence, with a 2.00 minimum GPA on all French courses attempted at UH.
Minor in French for Business Related Professions
This minor in business-related professions requires 15 semester hours, of which 12 must be advanced, including FREN 3316, FREN 3317, and FREN 4317. Students who choose this minor, with a major in a field leading to a career in a business-related profession, may apply for a summer internship abroad, after completing 12 advanced hours in the major and in French. They must also earn a minimum of 2.00 GPA on all French courses attempted at UH. Contact Claudine Giacchetti for more information.
World Cultures & Literatures
18 units, including a 9-unit concentration in European or Francophone Studies or in French Literature, French business and/or French Studies. Up to six units from another major or minor—concentration approved by WCL director. Visit the WCL web site for more information.
- The Charles Silin Scholarship Fund (prizes given annually to outstanding students in the program).
- French Government scholarship for study abroad, awarded to students in the Angers Program
- The Alliance Française annual competitive scholarship of $3,000, awarded for summer study in France by the Alliance Française de Houston.
For further study abroad and scholarship options, consult the Office of International Studies & Programs
Internships at the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC)
Here is some information about the one of the latest interns Muhammad Mahdi.
Muhammad worked in close collaboration with Mr. Frédéric Bontems, Consul General of France in Houston, and his assistant, Ms. Marie-Laure Reed, on a special project recognizing WWII American veterans who had served in France, and were awarded the Legion of Honor medal, one of the most prestigious awards given for services to the French Republic.
Click here for his quote on the experience.