Modern Languages at UTA
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Aimee Israel-Pelletier

Aimée Israel-Pelletier

Section Head of French

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Alicia Soueid

Alicia Soueid

Lower Level French Coordinator
Senior Lecturer

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French Language


Welcome to the French section!

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 translingual and transcultural. 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.

See descriptions here.


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
    • 15 additional hours in French at the 3000/4000 level, at least nine of which must be at the 4000 level.


    Native speakers of French, and heritage speakers of French (those who grew up speaking French at home), are not permitted to take FREN 3303 and FREN 3300. 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.

    See description here.

  • 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, medicine, law, etc. Minoring in French is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.


    • 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
Graduate Programs
  • Master of Arts in Modern Languages with Concentration in French
  • Graduate Certificate in 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, annual campus-wide events such as International week, and our "Poésie en Plein Air" outdoor performance that takes place in the Fall.

Faculty Advisor

  • Ms. Alicia Soueid

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Study Abroad in Paris, France

Earn up to 6 credits in Paris this summer by studying French in France!

Take guided excursions around the City of Lights as you learn basic language skills (in the accelerated program FREN 2313/2314) or hone your skills (in FREN 3316/4338) through daily use. Learn about the city, its history, and its inhabitants. Take a cruise down the Seine, see le Louvre, le Musée Orsay, and Notre Dame. Lose yourself in the history of Paris walking through the Carnavalet, the museum of the City of Paris. Beyond Paris, you will visit Versailles, Fontainebleau, as well as Chartres and Rouen with their fabulous Gothic cathedrals—you will bask in the distinctive atmosphere of their squares.

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

Other Opportunities

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