The French Program at the University of Houston offers an undergraduate course of studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, preparing students for further study in French, such as a Master’s or a Ph.D., for the teaching profession, or for business and government careers. All language, culture and literature courses leading to the BA in French are taught in French.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Cultures and Literatures with a concentration in Francophone Cultures Studies.
France has one of the richest European histories, cultures, and literatures, and its artistic and philosophical thought has had a great impact on Western civilization. French was for a long time the language of international diplomacy, and continues to be widely spoken throughout the world. It is the official language of more than 20 countries and is, with English, the only language spoken on all five continents. Historically, France and the French language have had an enormous influence on American society.
The French program has sponsored a summer program in France for over 20 years. The present location of the French summer program is Angers, a university town of 30,000 students, voted “most attractive city in France.” Classes are held at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, where students may earn 6 credit hours at the intermediate or advanced levels, and participate in excursions to Paris as well as other well-known sites in France.