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French Studies Major and Minor

Program Overview

School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu

The Seaver College French program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the language, culture, literature, and history of France and other French-speaking regions throughout the world, preparing students for speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the French language.

French Studies Degree

Besides developing a high level of proficiency in the spoken and written language, our French majors gain a critical understanding of French-speaking peoples, civilizations, and their global influence, both past and present. The French major prepares students for careers and graduate-level study in a variety of fields and is an ideal complement to majors such as international studies, international business, political science, communication, and art history, while also equipping students for work in nonprofit organizations that serve francophone regions.

French Studies Minor

A minor in French develops our students' high level of linguistic and cultural proficiency, serving as a firm foundation for graduate level study in languages, literature, history, art history, religion, and music.

For questions about our French program, please contact Dr. Kelle Marshall, Associate Professor of French.

Quick Facts

  • 100%Of French Studies Majors Study Abroad
  • 7Upper-division Courses
  •  Lausanne Study Abroad Program

Student Opportunities

Secondary Teaching Credential

Our teacher education program is an integrated program in which students receive their subject matter preparation and professional preparation simultaneously. It provides the coursework and fieldwork experiences necessary to qualify teacher candidates for a SB2042 preliminary multiple subject teaching credential or a single subject teaching credential.

Recommended International Study

The International Studies and Language Division strongly encourages students to study abroad through Pepperdine University's International Programs. These programs are an excellent way to gain overseas experience and make rapid progress in fulfilling the language requirement for the major.

Internship Opportunities

The Lausanne French Internship Program is designed for students hoping to work for a French speaking country or or work for a company one day. Offered most summers on a competitive basis to selected French Studies majors and minors, these internships in Lausanne and the surrounding region will provide students the opportunity to be immersed in a French-speaking working environment. Students will have the chance to improve their speaking proficiency and professional skills, while also developing their intercultural skills. Applications are available each fall through the International Programs office.

Student Testimonials


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Contact Us

International Studies & Languages Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

P: 310.506.7446

Office: PLC 101

George Carlsen
Divisional Dean

Helen Tangalos Livanos
Office Manager

Lawrence Levy
Administrative Assistant