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Applied French for the Professions

Bachelor of Science


There is a large demand for professionals with language skills in fields such as business, education, public service and health professions.

Studying Applied French for the Professions will prepare you for success in your career field where language proficiency is a key asset.

Be prepared to use your French proficiency to further both your career and your future ministry.

French class


BJU’s Applied French for the Professions is an interdisciplinary program that allows for flexibility in your studies while being rooted in French courses. The program focuses on giving you strong proficiency both in conversation and in writing.

As you gain fluency, you’ll also study French history and literature, giving you a comprehensive picture of French culture. And your professors will incorporate their firsthand knowledge of francophone cultures into your courses.

In addition to your French courses, the program is built on having a second area of study. You can accomplish this by choosing a minor or doing a double or dual degree program. You’ll work with your academic advisor to select the minor or program that best helps you meet your professional goals.

Your courses and opportunities outside of class will prepare you to speak French fluently under pressure (this would be at the advanced level, according to ACTFL’s proficiency guidelines for interpersonal communication).

BJU Core

Expand your skills beyond French fluency with the BJU Core. Liberal arts courses introduce philosophy, history and literature through the lens of a biblical worldview. Speech courses will help you develop your communication skills both for one-on-one and public speaking settings.

BJU’s Bible courses apply biblical truth to everyday life—preparing you to engage with people from every nation. You’ll know what you believe about God, why you believe it and how to share the truth with others.


One of the most important electives is the opportunity to study abroad in a French-speaking country. Your other elective hours will be made up of the minor or double/dual program that you choose to study.

Your Future


  • Teacher/Instructor
  • Ministry/Mission work
  • Interpreter or translator
  • Manufacturer representative
  • International worker (airlines, banking, industry, business, journalism)
  • Government worker (State Department, Foreign Service, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture)
  • Social worker

Career Support

BJU’s Career Services office helps both students and alumni through career advising, resume preparation, job search assistance, recruitment conferences and more.

In addition, over 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools, mission boards and other Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.

Learning Experience

French play

Practical experience, especially in a language, is essential. That is why BJU’s French faculty encourage your involvement with native speakers, both at BJU and abroad. These opportunities will help you better understand spoken French and, in turn, help you better communicate with others.

University Language Association

The University Language Association is a student-run organization that brings in speakers from various countries and occupations to give you opportunities to see the connections between language and future careers. You’ll also learn about needs in Christian ministries around the world so you can give of yourself through prayer and other means for the glory of God.

Language Rooms

If you’re a residence hall student, language rooms give you the chance to live near other students studying languages so that you have extra opportunities to practice conversing and improving your language skills.

Study Abroad Program

A summer of study abroad enhances your degree with an immersive experience in the French language and culture. You’ll choose from premier language universities in Quebec or France and spend a summer taking coursework with professors and fellow students who speak French as a first language.

Study Abroad


Jeremy Patterson
Jeremy Patterson

Division of Modern Language and Literature

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Your French faculty are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subject. All have traveled extensively in French-speaking countries, so they teach from their firsthand experience of cultures and dialects.

Courses & Objectives

Sample Course Outline

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

  • Bible Doctrines
  • French Elective (300/400-level) (3 credits)
  • French Elective (300/400-level) (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

4th Year

  • Program
  • BJU Core
  • Elective

    Program Objectives

    Each student will:

    • Communicate in French at the Advanced level in the interpersonal mode.
    • Communicate in French at the Advanced level in the presentational mode.
    • Understand French at the Advanced level in the interpretive mode.
    • Analyze Francophone cultures from a biblical worldview.
    • Apply French to produce a product or solve a problem in their target professional field.

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