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French, Bachelor of Arts

Bienvenue! Studying French at St John's University provides students with the opportunity to acquire a command of the French language!


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.

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Program Location
  • Queens Campus
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Department Contact

Walter Petrovitz

Chair and Professor of Languages and Literatures


For more information, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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  • Associate Professor of French


Languages and Literatures
Steve Puig
  • Associate Professor of French,
  • French Coordinator,
  • Assistant Chair


Languages and Literatures
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  • Assistant Professor of French


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  • Director of Global Language and Culture Center


Languages and Literatures


French majors must complete 33 credits in the language, including the following:

  • FRE 3090; 3100 Masterpieces of French Literature Part I; II
  • FRE 3550; 3560 French Civilization Part I; II
  • FRE 3870 Advanced French Grammar and Composition

Fifteen elective French credits are also required for the major.

Students are encouraged to participate in double and supplemented majors that include: French with International Business Concentration, French and Education, French and Hospitality, and the combined BA French / MBA program.

Completion of a minor in French requires the completion of 15 credits in the language chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Course Offerings

  • FRE 3150 Review of French Grammar
  • FRE 3260 History of French Cinema
  • FRE 3280 20th Century French Literature, Film, Media, Culture
  • FRE 3300 France Within the European Union and the World
  • FRE 3570 Urban Culture in Contemporary France
  • FRE 3600 Life in Contemporary France
  • FRE 3620 Paris in the French Culture
  • FRE 3690 20th Century French Literature
  • FRE 3810 Advanced Commercial French
  • FRE 3820 Afro-Caribbean Francophone Literature
  • FRE 3830 French and Francophone Women Writers
  • FRE 3840 Survey of Francophone Literature
  • FRE 3860 Human Rights and Globalization in Francophone Africa
  • FRE 3870 Advanced French Grammar and Composition
  • FRE 3900 Art and Skills of Translation
  • FRE 4980 International Internship in France

Additional Information

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 [email protected].

The Global Language and Culture Center is an academic support center serving all students interested in furthering their knowledge of a language and culture of different countries. As a resource center, students have access to Language practice and language tutoring, as well as participations to various cultural events. Through immersion and interaction, with the help of trained language assistants, they can build on their language skills in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere.

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Global Approach to Education

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 throughGlobal Education. In addition to classroom courses, students are also able to take online learning courses while they are abroad.
Study abroad opportunities include:
-Summer program in France
-Semester/Year in France
-Exchange program with Université Dauphine in Paris
-Global Passport Program

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Internships in Paris

St. John's University offers internships in Paris to students in their junior year who have completed at least one advanced course. Opportunities include positions at government offices, local universities, private companies, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).


French majors and minors can participate in summer internship programs in France through the Trans-Atlantic Student Internship Program (TASIP), as well as in the New York area. Internships are selected to correspond to the student's field of interest and specialty. Scholarships for internships are available.

  • AC Nielsen
  • Accor
  • AGF
  • Air Liquide
  • Alcan
  • Alcatel
  • Arcelor
  • Axlog Ingénierie
  • AXA
  • BNP Paribas
  • Bouygues Télécom
  • Capgemini
  • Carrefour
  • Cégétel SFR
  • Cetelem
  • Crédit Agricole
  • Credit Lyonnais
  • Dexia
  • Essilor
  • France Télécom
  • Group Danone
  • Images Création
  • L’Oréal
  • Lagardère
  • LVMH
  • Michelin
  • Microsoft
  • Monoprix
  • Nestlé
  • Noos
  • Pernod Ricard
  • PPR
  • Publicis
  • Renault
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Schlumberger
  • Schneider Electric
  • Shell
  • SNCF
  • Société Générale
  • STMicroelectronics
  • SUEZ
  • Thales Group
  • Thomson SA
  • Total
  • Veolia Environnement
  • Vivendi Universal
  • Animédia
  • Arte Charpentier & Associés
  • Atelier Jean Nouvel
  • Bank Rothschild
  • Barry Callebaut France
  • Brentano’s
  • Business Talk France
  • Christian Dior
  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Corporate Editions
  • Cray Valley/ Sartomer
  • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
  • Cushman-Wakefield
  • Dow Jones Publishing Co.
  • Editions Plon
  • Hachette Livre
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Howrey LLP
  • Inlingua International Language Centers
  • International Herald Tribune
  • J.H. Lillian & Co.
  • Jones Day
  • Kaplan Test Prep, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Lemond Language Consulting
  • Linklaters Law Firm
  • Lovells Law Firm
  • Merial
  • Nike France
  • Publicis Groupe
  • Schneider Electric
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Steelcase S.A.
  • Text 100 Public Relations
  • White & Case LLP

The visa process is initiated once a student receives a concrete offer from a host company in France. Contact the French-American Chamber of Commerce at 212-867-2069 or [email protected].

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