French and Francophone Studies Minor

More than 220 million people on five continents speak French, making it the second most widely learned foreign language after English. If you’re interested in the visual arts, travel, or the global job market, studying French and French culture may be for you.


French is a primary language in parts of Western Europe, North and West Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec. French is also an official language used in many international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

If you’re interested in international relief work, international business, or international political affairs, French is an ideal language for you to study at Seattle Pacific University.

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Career opportunities

  • Art History
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign service
  • Health care
  • Interpretation / translation
  • Localization
  • Missions
  • NGO work
  • Teaching
  • Travel industry

Minor requirements

The minor in French and Francophone Studies offers an opportunity to study not only the French language, but also the broader Francophone world: nations, regions, and people who use French as their primary language for business, government, or education.

Entering the minor

You may enter the minor during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.   

Faculty contact

Michelle Beauclair

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies; Chair of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Phone: 206-281-2092
Office: Marston Hall 220

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Michelle Beauclair, associate professor of French and Francophone studies, tells you — in French — why she teaches at SPU.

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