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Welcome to the Program in French at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. With instruction at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, we aim to serve every student’s language needs, regardless of whether you are seeking to fulfill a requirement for a degree program or are inquiring about our classes for the personal enrichment of learning a new language.

The mission of the program is to give students the opportunity to develop appropriate proficiencies in French, to acquaint students with the literary and cultural productions of the francophone world, and to give them the opportunity to acquire critical skills through literary and cultural analysis as they prepare for careers in teaching and research, business, translation, and other areas. The French program’s research mission is to contribute to the development, organization and dissemination of research and criticism in the focus areas of literature, culture, linguistics and language pedagogy. As a core element in the University’s mission of internationalization, we support and promote international involvement by both faculty and students through programs such as our International Engineering/French program, study abroad programs, and the Francophone Students’ Association.

French is spoken on five continents by people of a great variety of cultures. It is an important language for international law and diplomacy, business, finance and technology, for the arts, fashion design, international cuisine and tourism.

The Program in French offers:

  * A Major in French
  * A Teaching Major in French toward Teacher Certification through the Transition to Teaching Program with the IU School of Education at IUPUI
  * A Minor in French
  * A Dual Degree option with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI