Union University
Union University Dept of Language



The French division offers a major in one of three tracks:

  • Literature and Culture
  • Language and Culture
  • Teacher Education (7-12)

You may also choose to minor in French using either the Literature and Culture track or the Language and Culture track. French professors are Dr. Jean Marie Walls and Victoria Malone, External Study advisor.

Recent and Current Course Offerings

Why Study French?

  • Twenty-eight countries have French as an official language.  It is spoken by over 200 million people on five continents.  Knowing French will allow you to communicate with people in Europe, the Caribbean and many African nations.
  • French, along with English, is the official working language of many international organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, and the International Olympic Committee.
  • French is an official language of Canada, the U.S.'s close neighbor, ally and trading partner.
  • French is an important language in business.  France has the 5th largest economy in the world and Canada the 11th (according to the UN 2011 statistics).
  • Historically France and the French language have had an enormous influence over American society. France was the United States' first ally. French thought played a dominant role among the founders of the United States in the 18th century, and it continues to shape America today through the influence of such intellectual currents as post-structuralism and post-modernism.
  • French is the language of culture, art, music, fashion, cuisine and cinema.  Artistic innovation, trend-setting fashion, cutting-edge cinema, and culinary prowess are long-standing hallmarks of French culture. Understanding French will increase your appreciation of these aspects of culture, both past and present.
Victoria Malone passes out papers in class