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French Department AwardsThe French Program at Chapman University has a long tradition of excellence with great instructors who enhance the learning atmosphere with their unique insights on various aspects of the Francophone world. 

Students majoring in French will acquire a considerable degree of competency in the written and spoken language as well as knowledge of the literature and culture of France and the French-speaking world.

Studying French at Chapman is a tremendous experience that empowers the learner to choose the direction of their own education within the degree itself. The framework for a major or minor is in place with several choices available every semester.

A major in French is an excellent portal to a variety of careers in the humanities, the economic world, government, and science, and to a lifetime of global awareness and cultural reflection.

Special visit from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Chapman students with Elie WieselNobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chapman University Presidential Fellow Elie Wiesel guest lectures entirely in French in Dr. Boitano’s seminar on his writings.


Degrees Offered:

B.A. French:  Requirements for completing a B.A. in French: 30 credits, 24 of which must be upper-division.

Minor in French: Requirements for completing a minor in French: 21 credits, 15 of which must be upper-division.


Why should you study French?

First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language that is often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.

About Us


We are a group of committed professors dedicated to assisting individual students in growing both personally and professionally. We will look forward to sharing with you our special and unique connection with the French language and life-long study of its culture.

John Boitano
Allan MacVicar
Veronique Olivier
Roxane Teboul

Department of Languages
127 DeMille Hall, Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6843

Did you know?


French speakers are in demand in banking and finance, foreign market analysis, diplomacy, and hotel management, and more. A degree in French also serves to prepare students for graduate school.

First Induction Ceremony of Pi Delta Phi


May 2017 marked the first induction ceremony of Pi Delta Phi (The National French Honor Society) at Chapman University. Dr. Boitano served as the moderator, and former Wilkinson Dean, Patrick Fuery, become an honorary member. He spoke to the students inductees about his study of French philosophers and authors, and their influence on his scholarship.