Immersing oneself in learning a language can be a life-changing experience. Learning a language isn't only the vocabulary and mechanics of speech. It also involves the intellectual and personal challenges of learning a different way of living and thinking. Learning French opens the way to participating in the diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.
Understanding French can enhance many other majors: Global Studies, International Relations, Africana Studies, Film & Media Studies, Art & Art History, History, et al. Some of our students are science double-majors who wish to work abroad in the future. If you need to fulfill W&M's language proficiency requirement, we can't think of a better way than to learn French.