French is an excellent tool for careers in government, business, science, technology, fashion, art and culinary careers. In a recent listing of international jobs by the U.S. State Department, 53% required or preferred knowledge of French. French is an official working language of many important organizations, including the European Union, the Council of Europe, the International Labor Bureau, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the International Red Cross. French is an official language of Canada, our most important trading partner, and it’s also the official language of business and trade in over two dozen African countries. France has the world’s second largest aeronautics industry and its highest concentration of mathematicians.
Our Department offers elementary and intermediate-level courses in French. An on-line course for Gallaudet or distance-education students is offered in addition to the standard face-to-face approach. Elements of LSF (French Sign Language) are infused in the Basic French language course as a curricular enhancement.
On-line course in Basic French (Brochure - PDF Format)
On-line course in Basic French (Quicktime Plug-In Required)
Many students opt to study Spanish because it is viewed as an important language to know in the U.S. The number of Hispanics in America is growing every day, and having a basic knowledge of Spanish language and culture can be a great asset in your future job search, particularly if you are planning on becoming a teacher, a social worker, or expect to prepare for another field where interaction with the Hispanic population is likely. If you are a student of Hispanic background, studying the language will help to give you pride in your heritage and connect with other family members. It will also facilitate traveling and studying abroad.
Our Department offers elective courses in the Spanish language as well as in literature and culture. We also on occasion offer courses in one of the sign languages of the Hispanic world. Depending on the semester, elements of a Hispanic sign language may be infused in the Basic Spanish language course as well.
Majoring in Spanish
Minoring in Spanish
International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws primarily on existing courses and offerings from various departments; it provides a global perspective, enabling students to explore interconnections among history, economics, politics, culture, society, and language. Through the completion of a flexibly-structured degree program, this major prepares students for careers in law, government, Foreign Service, the Peace Corps, non-governmental organizations, and for pursuing graduate work in the humanities, social sciences, international business, teaching, and human services.
Majoring in International Studies