Develop global perspectives sought by companies, educational institutions and NGOs in the US, France and other French-speaking countries (Canada, Haiti, Belgium, Congo, etc.), and explore our many study abroad opportunities. Students who enter UWM with advanced French can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s in 5 years to become a translator/interpreter.

Fluency in French can provide a career advantage in all types of professions including business, medicine, law, the arts, politics, government work, and more. The country of France is a leader in science and high-tech, architecture, fashion, and cuisine, making French fluency valuable in these industries as well.

At UWM, language students receive an education in not just language fluency but also in the culture surrounding that language. Context matters in communication, and we believe it is important for students to understand the history, literature, and customs of native speakers of French in order to successfully apply their fluency.

Student with no previous experience in French will start in the introductory French language class; those who have studied French in high school should take the placement exam to determine if they can start at a higher level. Students who place in a higher-level course who subsequently complete that course with a "B" or better may receive retroactive credits for the courses that were skipped.

Requirements

The business French minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits taken in one of two tracks. The curriculum includes courses in business administration for non-business students and courses in the practical and professional use of the French language as well as understanding of Francophone culture for business students. Students must complete at least 9 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the minor in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Substitutions for some course requirements are possible and may include internships with firms doing business in French-speaking countries (including Canada). Students also have the option of completing a Certificate in Business French offered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. For further information, consult the French Program Coordinator.

Non-Business Student Track

BUS ADM 330Organizations3
FRENCH 311French for International Business/Professional Communication: Oral Emphasis3
FRENCH 361French for International Business/Professional Communication: Writing Focus3
BUS ADM 201Introduction to Financial Accounting3-4
or BUS ADM 360 Principles of Marketing
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary French Language and Culture 1
Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures:
Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France
Cinema of the French-Speaking World: 1
Select at least 3 credits in the following:3
French Immersion: Intermediate
Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level 1
Contemporary French Language and Culture (if not selected above) 1
Intensive Grammar and Usage
French Immersion: Advanced
Introduction to Translation: French to English
Total Credits18-19

Business Student Track

FRENCH 203Third-Semester French 13
FRENCH 204Fourth-Semester French 13
FRENCH 311French for International Business/Professional Communication: Oral Emphasis3
FRENCH 361French for International Business/Professional Communication: Writing Focus3
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary French Language and Culture 2
Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Seminar in French and Francophone Cultures:
Institutions and Culture of Contemporary France
Cinema of the French-Speaking World: 2
Select at least 3 credits in the following:3
French Immersion: Intermediate
Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level 2
Contemporary French Language and Culture (if not selected above) 2
Intensive Grammar and Usage
French Immersion: Advanced
Introduction to Translation: French to English
Total Credits18