Why Study French or Italian?

The Department of French and Italian offers three majors and two minors through which students gain proficiency in a second language, discover the appreciation of other cultures, and learn to think critically. Students work towards the degrees with classes, one-on-one interaction with faculty, study abroad experiences, conversation groups and clubs, and scholarly events. If you’re wondering if one of our majors or minors is right for you, check out what studying French or Italian can do for you and Get Started today!

Become bilingual

Together, French and Italian have 144 million native speakers, over 300 million total speakers, and are official languages of 35 countries. Learning a foreign language like French or Italian offers you much more than the ability to ask for directions or order at a restaurant. It enables you to communicate with and learn from people across the globe. The language classroom teaches students to stop being afraid of make mistakes and develops a passion for learning. 

CLLC, "Why Study a Language?"

The Guardian, "The arts teach us how to express ourselves – and give us freedom to fail"

Global Citizen, "7 Benefits of Learning Another Langauge

Embrace multiculturality

As our society and community rapidly changes and becomes more connected, diverse and multilingual, familiarity with a second language and other cultures has become essential for the well-rounded and well-educated citizen. Global awareness and intercutural connectedness encourages students to form different perspectives, make informed decisions, and acquire transferable life-long skills.

The Guardian"Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures"

Explore world literature and visual arts

Students in our classes study a vast array of topics. You will have the chance to become familiar with works from Europe, North Africa, and North America, and explore literature and visual arts from ancient to contemporary times.

Courses in FRIT

Invest in your future

Humanities majors are competitive on the job market, strong earners, and global thinkers. Many CEOs are hiring more liberal arts majors because of their sense of empathy, creativeness and their capacity to quickly adapt to their new work environment. Learning French or Italian offers endless career opportunities. The Humanities do not simply offer intrinsic intellectual satisfactions, they also have direct professional applicability. Students with language and cultural competency are highly sought in fields including Education, Business, Government, Law, Social Services, and Travel. Even technical jobs often seek applicants with the multidisciplinary skill set that is provided by a Humanities BA degree.

The New York Times, “Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

Fast Company, "Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees"

Huffington Post, "A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities"

Develop valuable skills

There is more to studying the Humanities than simply making students workforce ready; students develop that aspect of their being which gives meaning to their lives. Liberal arts education prepares students to be good citizens, teaches critical thinking, and encourages innovative ideas. According to The Hechinger Report, "A liberal-arts education is the best preparation a young person can have for success in life."

The Hechinger Report, "The enduring relevance of a liberal-arts education"

NPR, "What Is The Value Of An Education In The Humanities?"

The Atlantic, "Why America's Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education"


Double your major, double your value

Today’s students often combine majors and minors with a second major or minor.  Students in French and Italian also major or minor in subjects as varied as Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Biomedical Science, Business, Communications, Comparative Studies, Computer Systems Engineering, English, Exercise Science, Hospitality Management, International Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Logistics, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Nursing, Nutrition, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Russian, Spanish and Textiles. A double major in French or Italian provides benefits such as strengthening critical thinking skills and empathy, opening up employment opportunities, and preparing students for the challenges of work, life, and citizenship ahead.

The Conversation, "Why double-majors might beat you out of a job"

Double Your Major, Double Your Value


Career Success

Ready to explore your career  and internship options?  Discover resources that will lead you towards an internship or job? Connect with employers?

The Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success (Career Success) can help guide you toward these goals. More than resumes, Career Success provides a number of internship and job search resources including career coaching, assistance with the Ohio State University's online career network and database Handshake, and resume and cover letter review.  Career Success also hosts exciting events that help you build your network, discover new career paths, and become career ready!

Use Handshake to connect with employers by searching for full-time employment, internships, part-time work, and other experiential learning opportunities targeted toward your major. This is a direct link to employers who want to hire you!  No registration is required to access Handshake; all current undergraduates and recent graduates can access using their OSU credentials on the Handshake website.

To learn more about Handshake and the other resources offered by Career Success, visit their website.