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

Explore French at UTA— Vive la différence!


In addition to language classes, which focus on the development of linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, the French section offers advanced courses on a diverse range of topics and specialties in literature, culture, linguistics, localization and translation, and Business French. Some courses are available online.

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Undergraduate Programs
  • BA in French

    All majors in French are required to take:

    • FREN 1441 Beginning French I
    • FREN 1442 Beginning French II
    • FREN 2313 Intermediate French I
    • FREN 2314 Intermediate French II
    • FREN 3303 Advanced French Conversation, or FREN 3300 Phonology and Pronunciation*
    • FREN 3311 French Literature and Culture I
    • FREN 3312 French Literature and Culture II
    • 18 additional hours in French at the 3000/4000 level, at least nine of which must be at the 4000 level

    *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.

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  • 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.

  • Minor in Localization and Translation-French
  • Minor in Modern Language Teaching-French
Graduate Programs

Student Group

French Student Group La Société Francophone


La Société Francophone is a social, cultural, and academic group dedicated to the Francophile within! Though primarily geared towards students currently taking French, we are open to all UTA students. Biweekly meetings are held in English; other events are held in French. Activities include French conversation meetings, French film viewings, lunches or dinners at French restaurants, and annual campus-wide events such as International Week.

  • Crepe Sale
  • Oozeball
  • Conversation Dinner
  • Game Night

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Study Abroad in Paris, France or Montreal, Canada

Earn up to 6 credits this summer by studying French in a French-speaking city!

Hone your language skills and immerse yourself in Francophone culture while taking in the sights and sounds of the city and its environs.

For more information about the UTA Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris or Montreal, contact Dr. Aimée Israel-Pelletier and Ms. Alicia Soueid, or visit the respective blog: UTA in Paris, UTA Montreal.

Other Opportunities

For other Study Abroad Programs, check with the UTA Office of International Education.