Hiram College

French Minor

Traditional Undergraduate

Language study opens the way to understanding and communication with various peoples, cultures, civilizations and literature.

The French minor is perfect for those with a love for French language and culture. It is also helpful for those who are serious about business or world affairs. In today’s increasingly competitive market, international communication is a clear necessity. French is not only the second most widely learned foreign language after English, it is also the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by more than 300 million people in over 650 countries


Who are Hiram’s French minors?

Students will find that their career opportunities will be broader and richer when they combine majors or minors in other disciplines with the study of a foreign language. Most other disciplines are compatible with a language major: Art & Design, Biology, English, History, Communication, Political Science, Management, Performing Arts, and Sociology are just a few of the majors that benefit from a second language. Students who are interested in a teaching career would find it useful to minor in two languages.

Guidance and Opportunity

Hiram College believes that immersion is an important part of learning the language. The College invites international students from French-and Spanish-speaking universities to serve as on campus teaching assistants, providing students with opportunities to practice speaking their language of study in real-life, informal situations.

Hiram faculty lead trips to France regularly, which provide students with opportunities to fully immerse themselves in the language and culture, while living with host families. Students can also take shorter study-abroad trips to France and other locations during the 3-week term. One trip examines “The Ethics of Food” in France. Students visit Paris, Provence and Brittany to explore olive groves, vineyards, traditional markets and more.

  • Peace Corps Pre Program

    Hiram College began offering a Peace Corps Preparatory Program in Fall 2014. We are one of only three colleges/universities in Ohio to offer a program officially designated as preparation for Peace Corps service.

  • Diversity & Inclusion

    Within the Office of Student Life, we offer several support functions, services, and opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds and to those interested engaging in the backgrounds of others.

Ella W. Kirk Headshot

Ella W. Kirk, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of French

Learn more about all of the majors, minors, and opportunities that await you within the School of Arts, Humanities & Culture.