French Studies

The French Studies major is an interdisciplinary major which combines courses from the department of French with those from other disciplines, the content of which directly relates to France and French-speaking countries.

The program is designed to offer its majors the opportunity to achieve proficiency in writing, speaking, comprehending and reading the French language, while at the same time broadening and deepening their knowledge, understanding an appreciation of the cultures of France and the francophone world.

Create Your Own Path

Our French majors focus on the acquisition of language proficiency and frequently combine French with second major, which prepares them for careers in international law, business, teaching, government services, foreign missions, translating, the non-profit sector and for positions that require a knowledge of the French language and culture.

To obtain high levels of proficiency, our majors study abroad in Paris, Arles, or Nantes.

For information on how you can add a French major or minor at the University of Portland, contact Mme. Trudie Booth at

 Who we are... 

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Jessica Busek, Fulbright recipient - Class of 2017
French and English

"Learning a foreign language is truly one of the best tools we have against xenophobia and systemic narrow-mindedness; these four years studying French have only reinforced my belief that multicultural studies ought to be a top priority in education."

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Madame Booth French Lecturer and French Studies Program Director

"Madame Booth has been teaching French language, literature, and culture courses for more than thirty years. Her previous publications include French Phonetics, A Guide to Correct Pronunciation of French, French Prepositions, French Verbs and Idioms, and A Complete French Grammar for Reference and Practice. She has been the recipient of several awards including the James Culligan Award, the University’s highest faculty honor, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Arthur Butine Faculty Development Fund Award. UP’s French Studies students truly rave about Madame Booth!"

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Crossing Cultural Boundaries


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