Liberal Arts and Sciences: French Track

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

Are you interested in a career that allows you to use multiple languages while interacting with people from all around the world? Learning a second language gives you a considerable advantage in today's globalized job market, where bilingual employees earn a 5 to 20 percent higher base rate of pay versus those who speak English only. Career paths exist both domestically and abroad in a wide variety of areas including business, communications, education, government, law, medicine, public relations, and travel and tourism.

The Program

FLCC's French track provides you with skills that an increasing number of employers are seeking. It allows you to refine your oral and written communication skills in both English and French, to develop your ability to think critically, and to expand your global perspective.

Job candidates who can think critically and communicate well are most attractive to potential employers. The ability to do this in two different languages greatly increases that attraction. Some additional important skills you will acquire in the French track include:

  • The ability to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • The adaptability to function in unfamiliar situations and environments.
  • Increased cognitive processing and the ability to multitask.
  • The ability to handle both difficult and abstract tasks.

Study Abroad: FLCC also offers study abroad coursework in France that allows you to immerse yourself in French language and culture. This opportunity—unique at a community college—expands your personal growth and world view, makes you more attractive to prospective transfer schools, and further increases your marketability to employers.

Online Learning

FLCC's online learning offers you a flexible and convenient way to reach your educational goals. With this option, you can pursue your A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a track in French at least 50 percent online. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing at the college level.
  • Develop proficiency in oral discourse.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking.
  • Develop the ability to use computer technology for research and production.
  • Recognize the knowledge, skills, and values that will contribute to involvement in one's community.
  • Identify the knowledge and skills necessary to live interdependently in a diverse, sustainable global community.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate college-level materials.

Honors Studies

If you are a curious and motivated student, exploring Honors Studies courses at FLCC will provide you alternative educational experiences. Honors classes' center on reflection and community building. They are available to full-time and part-time students in all degree programs. Successful completion of these courses or earning your Honors Studies certificate or diploma, can increase your transfer options, and make you eligible for specific scholarships.

The Graduates

FLCC's French track is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation. Graduates of the French track will be able to transfer to four-year colleges and universities such as:

  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Nazareth College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • University of Rochester
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

The Faculty

The World (Foreign) Languages faculty at FLCC holds bachelor and advanced degrees in French, Spanish, Linguistics, and International Education. The faculty spends many hours each year in continuing education and professional development activities honing their language skills and cultural knowledge.

Full-time faculty in World (Foreign) Language travel abroad yearly in order to further enhance their knowledge of language and culture. The faculty is dedicated to the philosophy that students are capable of developing language proficiency and cultural competency when careful and engaging instruction is combined with the appropriate dedication and effort on the part of the student.