The French program at Transylvania University offers courses in language, culture, and literature of France and other French-speaking regions of the world. The study of French is an integral part of a well-rounded liberal arts education as it allows students to develop their intellectual and creative abilities, and find their place as global citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. The study of French also helps students develop critical thinking and writing skills that are increasingly important in professional careers. Knowing French improves career possibilities in all fields ranging from business to medical research, and improves students' prospects for admission to graduate programs in French or in myriad other fields such as anthropology, philosophy, history, and law. The French program at Transylvania offers a wide range of courses drawing on the expertise of its faculty. Dr. Simonetta Cochis specializes in the literature and culture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, is an avid enthusiast of French theater and of the study of medieval manuscripts. Dr. Brian Arganbright specializes in the literature and history of France since the Revolution and also teaches courses in French Cinema and Francophone literature.
French students complement their study at Transylvania with many experiences abroad. Most recently students have studied in Madagascar, Nice, Paris, Nantes, and Dijon as well as summer paid internship opportunities in Normandy France. French majors recently conducted faculty-guided research projects in Vietnam, Senegal, and Quebec. Many students of French also take advantage of Transylvania's May term travel courses to French-speaking regions of the world, studying art in Paris, cycling in the south of France, and completing a French immersion course in Montreal.