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Overview


The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages provides you with two options in two different languages, and one of those is French Teacher Certification (the other option is Language and Culture, and the other language is Spanish).

Major Distinctives

The B.A. in Modern Languages in French Teacher Certification seeks to develop a broader understanding of Francophone cultures through their primary manifestation: language. In addition to improving the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, our courses expose students to historical, literary, and social artifacts of French-speaking cultures. In addition to courses in language, literature, and writing, students also take courses in teaching methodologies, in psychology, and in professional education so that they learn how to teach language, literature, culture, and writing in French. Students will also spend their last semester teaching under the supervision of an experienced, licensed teacher. Students can also join the French Club with opportunities to promote and share Francophone cultures. You can also eat lunch weekly at the French Table and converse with native speakers, fellow students, and people from the community. Students enrolled in intermediate and upper level classes (4th semester and above) meet weekly with a French native speaker for a one-on-one half-hour conversation session. We also encourage all French majors to study abroad. You can opt for a shorter faculty-led trip, or you can choose an exchange program that lets you study abroad for a summer, a semester, or an entire year. We strongly encourage French Education majors to apply to the American Teaching Assistant in France program, where American French majors are employed by the French government to be teaching assistants in French schools for one academic year. PSU has exchanges with sister universities around the world that allow PSU students and students from other universities to pay tuition at our home universities while they study abroad.  

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  • Career or Continuing Education Options
  • Internships or Research Opportunities
  • Retro-Credits Program
  • About the Department

A B.A. in Modern Languages in French teacher certification prepares students to teach French at the middle or secondary level.  To complement the obvious choice of a teaching career, students often complete a master’s degree in French or Education, or a certification in English as a Second or another Language. Some teachers move into school administration later in their careers.

Students have the opportunity to work with their professors to develop research projects and deliver presentations at national conferences.

The Modern Languages Retro-credits Program rewards students for their significant prior language experience, such as high school coursework or language spoken at home. Students who desire credit for language proficiency they acquired before coming to PSU should consult with Modern Languages Faculty.  Retro-Credits Information Sheet (PDF)

The Department of English and Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree program. B.A. programs are offered in English and in Modern Languages. A Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s program are also offered in English. The department offers minors in English, English Teaching, Creative Writing, French, Professional Writing, and Spanish.

About English and Modern Languages Department


The Department of English and Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree program. B.A. programs are offered in English and in Modern Languages. A Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s program are also offered in English. The department offers minors in English, English Teaching, Creative Writing, French, Professional Writing, and Spanish.

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