What if you could immerse yourself in literature from French-speaking North Africa, a passion of Professor Deborah Hess...

French majors master the language and explore its varied cultures across the globe.

The Salon
Mead Hall, Drew’s 19th-century Georgian mansion, is home to causal gatherings for French conversation. Adijat Mustapha explains why it’s worth going.

Careers Made easy

Tout le monde

There are 220 million French speakers around the globe in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Speaking the language gives you access to both established and growing markets in the world of business.

In a recent Drew International Seminar, students not only practiced French and met prominent intellectuals, but also took part in Carnival dance and drum rehearsals on the Caribbean island of Martinique. Grads say that their international travels transform them and are important topics of conversation in job interviews.

A number of our graduates have been admitted to the official French government assistantship program in France to teach English for nine months. Some follow that with law school, or grad school in subjects like history or literature. They find the French proficiency and work experience gives them an edge.

Successful Alumni

  • Head of 19th-century furniture and decorative arts
    Christie’s, New York City
  • Human rights defender
    Human Rights Watch, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Economic consultant
    Princeton Economic Group

Learn more about when you graduate

asparagus to zodiac
—some of the 70,000 articles in the 18th-century
Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alambert.

Drew students are part of an effort based at the University of Michigan
helping to translate this great monument of the Enlightenment.

My Favorite Course

“Our professor pushed us and pushed us. In a very loving way, of course. It gave me the feeling that I could be a French major.”

Adijat Mustapha, on Intermediate French

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