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College of Arts and Sciences

The demands of international commerce, as well as the increasing number of individuals in the U.S. who speak English as a learned language, define the need for professionals who can speak multiple languages. At Doane, students are immersed in their language major to attain a high level of proficiency and a well-rounded, cultural education.

We provide students who major in French with instruction in the French language, as well as French and Francophone literature and culture.

Why Study Languages?

"There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level."

"Research suggests that language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language."

One of the goals of a liberal arts education is to expand your knowledge base, and many students have benefited from language abilities in unexpected ways. Research reveals the academic advantages of sustained study of another language.  Even though you might not later remember how to conjugate or use the subjunctive, you will most likely remember the cultural aspects of the language.

To read about these and other findings, visit here.

Travel Opportunities

As well as the required study abroad semester for foreign language majors, students have the opportunity to travel on college-sponsored trips to a variety of U.S. sites or international countries each year through Doane's Interterm (in January or May). Recent trips have been taken to:

  • France
  • England
  • Africa
  • Ireland
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Israel
  • Sweden

All matriculating students are provided funds to help with costs associated with college-sponsored trips, via Doane's unique travel scholarship. Many students use this scholarship to travel abroad for the first time.

Learning Environment

Approximately 30-35 students are in the French program each year, with 8-10 studying abroad during the year. Introductory courses average 20 students, while advanced courses range from 5-15 students. Small class sizes provide more opportunity for oral practice

French is used as much as possible in the classroom, incorporating the receptive skills of listening and reading, as well as the productive skills of speaking and writing. At every stage, learners are building on previously learned skills.


Study Abroad

You are required to spend a semester studying abroad to hone your skills through an intensive immersion in French. French majors generally choose Doane's affiliated study program in Paris at Sorbonne University.


View detailed course information

FRE 101 - Elementary French (3)
FRE 102 - Elementary French (3)
FRE 319 - The Teaching of French I (0)
FRE 321 - The Teaching of French II (0)
FRE 324 - The Teaching of French III (0)
FRE 325 - The Teaching of French IV (2)