Languages, Literatures & Cultures


Why study French?
More than 300 million people speak French on the five continents. The OIF, an international organization of French-speaking countries, comprises 88 member States and governments. French is the second most widely learned language after English, and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. Study of the French language, literature written in French, and French and Francophone culture through our program at SUNY New Paltz can provide you with important skills for your personal and professional development. 
French language skills can contribute to your expertise in areas as diverse as music, history, international relations, science, engineering, literature, and film. At SUNY New Paltz, learning French also has a personal touch. You’ll acquire relevant cultural knowledge along with language proficiency. That means you’ll learn the French you’ll need in real-life situations and interact often with your classmates and professors.

Major in French

Minor in French

MAT in World Language Education: French

Professor Mary Christensen
Office: Old Main 210