French

What is French Major?

More than 300 million people use French and Italian in their daily lives in different parts of the world. In today’s global economy, in which the European Union is increasingly important, knowledge of one or both of these languages, when combined with English fluency, offers a powerful advantage to those entering the job market or going on to graduate or professional training. Moreover, the study of French or Italian is an intellectual adventure that leads to the core of Western civilization. In language, literature, the arts, the media, political theory, philosophy and religious thought, France and Italy have played key roles in shaping the West as we know it today. Great scientists, artists, explorers and thinkers belonging to these two cultures have radically transformed our ideas about time, being, truth, justice and power.

At UCSB, the Department of French and Italian offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Italian Studies. French and Italian majors learn to master the fundamental skills of speaking, reading and writing, and acquire a thorough background in these languages and literatures. The French major introduces students to the key texts and traditions from France, Belgium, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and other French-speaking countries around the world. The Italian Studies major emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the Italian-speaking world, by combining the arts, humanities and social sciences. Many French and Italian majors also choose a double major in such fields as Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Global and International Studies, History, Music, History of Art, Film and Media Studies, Theater and Dance, and Feminist Studies.

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