The French Program at Montclair State – with specializations in teaching, translation and civilization – is unique not only academically, but also in the faculty’s deep commitment to offering a personalized learning experience and to ensuring a true sense of community among our students. Many graduates go on to careers in teaching, translation, international business and more, while others go on to graduate study in French here and elsewhere. Those interested in intensive French study may wish to enroll in our new combined five-year BA/MA program. It provides a pathway for ambitious students to complete both BA and MA degrees over five years, taking advantage of a year of early graduate study to benefit from undergraduate tuition rates.
Students who place at the appropriate level on the mandatory Montclair State Placement Test may begin the French major in their freshman year!
Our majors and minors enjoy the many cultural and academic activities in French both on campus and in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. And our central location in the newly-renovated Conrad Schmitt Hall (with its fully mediatized classrooms, seminar rooms, student lounges and work areas) contributes to our students feeling part of a group that enjoys being together — in French!
Each spring the department hosts our annual French Day, inviting area high school students to attend a half-day, fun-filled immersion workshop on all things French! For more information please visit French Day.
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 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!
Dr. Lois Oppenheim
Chairperson and Professor
Schmitt Hall, room 222B