French Program

Montclair State University offers a rich program in French and Francophone studies with diverse concentrations leading to careers in teaching, translation, international business, international relations, and more.  Many of our students enter these various career tracks immediately upon graduation, while others go on to graduate study in French at Montclair State and elsewhere.  The French Program at Montclair State - with specializations in teaching, translation and civilization - is unique not only academically, but in the faculty's deep commitment to offering students a personalized learning experience and to ensuring a true sense of community among our students.Students who place at the appropriate level on the mandatory MSU Placement Test may begin the French major in their freshman year!

Our majors and minors enjoy partaking together of the many cultural and academic activities in French both on campus and in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.  And our location in the newly renovated Conrad Schmitt Hall in the very center of campus (with its fully mediatized classrooms, seminar rooms, student lounges, and work areas), like our language immersion floor in the Dinallo Heights Residence Hall, contributes to our students' feeling part of a group that enjoys being together -- in French!  

We offer a popular program of summer study in Nice (who wouldn't want to spend a month studying on the the côte d'Azur?) and encourage study abroad during the academic year as well.  Our offerings in French cover the full range of literature and civilization, translation/interpreting and teacher education, and hybrid and online courses are part of our curriculum. 

A MAJOR or MINOR in French, either alone or in conjunction with another area of study, is a great way for any student to boost their employment opportunities for the future.  But most of all, it is four years of indulging in the pleasures of speaking, reading, and thinking about all that is FRENCH!


Eiffel Tower at nightDr. Lois Oppenheim
Professor & Chairperson
Schmitt Hall, room 222B

Office Assistant: Elizabeth Hook
Tel: 973-655-4283