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Foreign Language: Concentration French

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Why study Foreign Language: French at APSU?

When you chose to study French at Austin Peay State University, you begin an immersive journey to learn a new language and culture. Our French program features multiple opportunities to Study Abroad and get involved on campus, as well as a chance to participate in Immersion Weekends. Your coursework will allow you to study the culture of France and its speakers and increase your ability to understand the complexities of all languages.

What will I learn?

Our students acquire a firm understanding of one foreign language and culture, and will learn the rudiments of a second foreign language and culture.  At a deeper level, it means that our students will acquire the skills requisite to learning other languages, and thus, they will become comfortable in the languages and cultures of other countries.   At its most profound level, students can break down the barriers of time and space and can see the world through the eyes of previous generations.  Consequently, instead of relying on translations for understanding the histories and cultures of various peoples, our students come into direct contact with the minds of others.

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. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. 

What Do Foreign Language: French Majors Do After Graduation?


The students who choose to adopt a Foreign Language as their major complete a well-rounded degree program. Students of this program have gone on to do great things, including international business opportunities and offering translator/interpreter services. The study of the French allows students to pursue world travel and work in French-speaking countries. The world is much larger for students who study a Foreign Language. 

Foreign Languages add more than just language skills and graduates can use their complex thinking skills to assess situations and navigate toward elevated solutions.

Not surprisingly, foreign language majors end up in a wide variety of jobs.  We have had students who majored in foreign languages go on to become high school teachers and college professors, as one might expect.  However, our majors have also gone on to work in government agencies, including one student who is the Chief Logistics Officer for Kandahar.  Finally, foreign languages serve as a gateway for a variety of careers, including international business, international law, law enforcement, military translators, and many others. 

  • International Business
  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Global Government Careers
  • Member of French consulate
  • Diplomat


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.”