Welcome to the French Section of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington! Our mission is to promote global competence through the study of the French language and the diverse literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world.

French is spoken by over 200 million people who are spread across more than 40 countries on five continents. As one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, the European Court of Justice, and NATO, among others, French is a global language at the forefront of transnational, transatlantic and transpacific diplomacy, law, and commerce. Moreover, France is the world’s fourth-largest economy; it is at the center of the European market. French is the language of countless literary and philosophical thinkers throughout the ages, not to mention being at the forefront of the arts, fashion, cuisine, cinema, and sports. Today, France is well known for its achievements in medicine, engineering, science, and technology.

Our innovative curriculum is designed to maximize the success of both language learners as well as native and heritage speakers of French. Through experiential learning in language classes, as well as in more advanced courses in literature, culture, linguistics, localization and translation, we train our students to be multilingual and intercultural. In addition to linguistic and cultural competence, students gain valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.

French graduates are prepared for job opportunities in a wide range of fields:

  • The language services industry (localization and translation)
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing, publishing, and the media
  • Health, legal, and social services
  • Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • The cultural heritage sector: museums, libraries, and archives 

Undergraduate Programs

BA in French Global Studies

All majors in French are required to take:

  • FREN 1441, FREN 1442, FREN 2313, FREN 2314
  • 27 hours at the 3000/4000 level in French, of which at least nine must be at the 4000 level. Of these 27 hours, specific required courses are listed below:
    • FREN 3300 or FREN 3303
    • FREN 3304
    • FREN 3312

General elective hours will be used to complete the total hours required for the degree.

*Native or heritage speakers of French

Native speakers of French, and heritage speakers of French (those who grew up speaking French at home), are not permitted to take FREN 3303, FREN 3300, FREN 3304, and FREN 3305. An appropriate substitution will be selected in consultation with the MODL undergraduate advisor.

BBA in International Business-French

In cooperation with MODL, the College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual concentration in International Business and French

Minor in French

People with foreign language abilities have a distinct advantage in the career marketplace, and they can use those skills to assist them in varying fields, such as business, government, healthcare, as well as legal and social services. Minoring in French is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.

Requirements for a Minor in French

  • FREN 1442*
  • FREN 2313
  • FREN 2314
  • 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level French coursework

* Note: Although FREN 1441 is not required for the minor, FREN 1441 with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for FREN 1442. Likewise, a C or better is required for each course in the series in order to enroll in the next.


Aimée Israel-Pelletier

Professor of French

Aimée Israel-Pelletier

Email: aip@uta.edu

Office: 328 Hammond Hall

Alicia Soueid

Coordinator of Lower-Level French

Distinguished Lecturer of French

Alicia Soueid

Email: soueid@uta.edu

Office: 308 Hammond Hall

Antoinette Sol

Professor of French

Antoinette Sol

Email: amsol@uta.edu

Office: 310 Hammond Hall

Cynthia Laborde

Section Head of French

Associate Professor of French

Cynthia Laborde

Email: cynthia.laborde@uta.edu

Office: 315 Hammond Hall

Najia Alameddin

Lecturer, French

Najia Alameddin

Email: najia@uta.edu

Office: 222 Hammond Hall

Brooke Cunningham-Koss

Adjunct, French

Brooke Cunningham-Koss

Cecile Villarreal

Adjunct, French


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