French Certificate

Program Overview

Do you have a passion for the French language? Do you want to increase your proficiency while learning how French can fit into a future career? If so, you should consider PLNU's certificate in French.

Designed to build your French conversational skills, the French certificate is a great option for students who wish to supplement their major studies with increased knowledge of the French language.

Multiple language fluency will prepare you to participate effectively in a multilingual global society. Coursework can only approximate a bilingual setting and does not necessarily guarantee appropriate language proficiency. Therefore, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the target language and complete more than the minimum number of language classes.

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

Those who study French and other foreign languages promote the understanding of diverse ways of life and meaningfully impact society by building relationships across languages and cultures as globally engaged servants and scholars.

A certificate in French can help lead to careers in the following:

  • Language Teaching
  • Language Interpretation
  • Translation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Social Work
  • Immigration
  • Health
  • U.N.
  • Peace Corps
  • Law
  • Subtitling/Voiceover
  • Ministry
  • Nonprofit Work
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