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French, Bachelor of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus



Studying French at St John's University provides students with the opportunity to acquire a command of the French language, as well as an introduction to French and Francophone literatures and cultures.

Students can major or minor in French, or prepare for an international career by combining a double major in another field. St. John’s University offers students studying French internships that allow them to use the language in a professional setting.


For more information, please contact:

Zoe Petropoulou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, French Chair
St. John Hall, Room 434 E

For Admissions information, contact:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439


Career Outcomes

French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents, and 28 countries have French as their official language. French language skills create opportunities for students around the world in fields like international business, education, government, journalism, translation, and the arts.

Global Approach to Education

Study Abroad 
Study abroad programs in France are a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the French language and culture. Scholarships to study abroad are available through the Office of Global Studies. In addition to classroom courses, students are also able to take online learning courses while they are abroad.

Study abroad opportunities include:

Internships in Paris
St. John's University offers internships in Paris to students in their junior year who have completed FRE 3110 or FRE 3120. Opportunities include positions at government offices, local universities, private companies, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Additional Information

Student Experience
“I consider myself an extremely fortunate person because I had the opportunity to study abroad in France. I believe that along with learning a new language one learns a new culture. And what a rich culture the French have! On my first trip to France, my surrounding was my textbook. I experience this new culture first-hand, in the open-air markets, trips to different towns in the south and my interactions with the people in the monastery. 

“Perhaps, my favorite part of this interactive textbook was the cuisine. There is only one word to describe French cuisine: delicious! It has changed the way I think – of people and their background. I have met so many different and friendly people I will never forget.  I have definitely gained an appreciation for differences, and developed a profound curiosity for history as well. One aspect of French culture is the deep understanding of their history – as a country, a culture and a people. Paris, for example is historically rich.  On a daily basis, Parisians pass sites that we read about in history books. I couldn’t help but appreciate this fact. This was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. I would love to go again.”

- Ashley Bernardes, Summer 2007

French Honor Society
Pi Delta Phi is the French National Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

The Pi Delta Phi chapter at St. John’s inducts students in the spring. Membership is open to students who have taken at least three semesters of college French, of which one must be at an upper level, and have shown a high level of achievement in their French courses and in their courses overall. During the year, members participate in cultural activities in conjunction with the Cercle Francophone. Members of Pi Delta Phi are eligible for the Joseph W. Yedlicka Award for summer study in French language and literature in either Paris or Avignon. For more information, contact Steve Puig, Ph.D. at 718-990-8094 or

Global Language and Culture Center (GLCC)
The Global Language and Culture Center  (GLCC) is a state-of-the-art language resource center where students can come and start practicing one or several of the languages currently offered at St John’s University. Students do not have to be currently registered in a language course to use the GLCC.

Zoe Petropoulou, Ph.D. (French literature, Business French, France and the European Union)
Sara Hanaburgh, Ph.D. (Francophone African literature and film, translation studies, human rights)
Mary-Jane Highfield, Ph.D. (French linguistics, history of the French language, French language pedagogy)
Michèle H. Jones, Ph.D. (teaching French to Anglophones, translation studies, French Caribbean literature)
Stève Puig, Ph.D. (Contemporary Literature, Urban culture, French Caribbean literature)

Success Story

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