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Foreign Language: Concentration French

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Why study Foreign Language: French at APSU?

Austin Peay has a dynamic and experienced faculty in French and Francophone Studies, which provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the language and cultures of the French and Francophone world.  There are currently approximately 250 million speakers of French around the world, including approximately 96 million speakers of French in Africa. It is the official or co-official language in 29 countries on five continents. Students seeking a Concentration in French will be preparing for work or travel experiences in a global and multilingual world.

What will I learn?

Students will acquire a knowledge base that includes advanced French language, spoken by approximately 250 million French speakers, and knowledge of the cultures of the 29 Francophone countries of the world.  The Concentration in French is intended to prepare majors for life and work in a global and multilingual society. The concentration will serve the needs of students who would like to prepare for careers in international business, communication, or government service in French-speaking parts of the world. The concentration will give students the opportunity to build their oral and written proficiency skills and content knowledge in French. In addition, some students might choose to study on an APSU study abroad program in Quebec, France, or West Africa, or a semester-long exchange program in France or in Quebec, providing them with real-world opportunities to speak French and explore the French-speaking cultures of the world.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Students seeking a Concentration in French have the opportunity to be involved with Le Club Français (French Club) which offers various activities for students of French including speakers, French film nights, and a weekly French Conversation Table.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Some examples of HIP experiences in the French program include French immersion weekend, Study Abroad in Quebec, France, or West Africa, and the APSU Exchange programs in Orléans, France and Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada. Students may use credit from a Study Abroad or Exchange program in a French-speaking country toward their Concentration in French.

What Do Foreign Language: French Majors Do After Graduation?


A Concentration in French may help prepare students for a life and career in international business, communication, education, bilingual technical writing, or government service in French-speaking parts of the world. According to the Economic Department of the Embassy of France in the US, there are 17,700 jobs created by French companies in Tennessee, making France #3 for jobs created in Tennessee by foreign companies. In addition to French-owned companies, students may seek employment in companies with French or French-speaking clients, or in government agencies that recruit multilingual employees (such as the Department of Defense, Department of State, FBI, and CIA). According to TN Transfer Pathway, you can make a median salary of $63,500 per year in Tennessee with a degree in Foreign Language.

  • Government Services
  • Graduate Programs in Education
  • International M.B.A. programs
  • Bilingual Technical Writing
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Peace Corps
  • French and Francophone Teachers, Secondary and Postsecondary
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • International Marketing
  • International Business
  • Communication
  • International Non-Profit Organizations


Karen Sorenson poses for photo in her office

Karen Sorenson, Ph.D.

Professor of French

If you want to learn a foreign language (and in today’s global society, you should), then you have to go aboard. At least, that’s what one of the state’s top foreign language professors believes.

“With our study abroad programs, we are giving Austin Peay students a chance to go somewhere else in the world and experience a culture and way of life that’s different from their own. And by giving them immersion-based experiences, they are able to develop skills that they couldn’t earn any other way.”