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French is spoken by over 220 million people worldwide, and is spoken on five continents. It continues to be considered a language of world-wide importance.  Take a look at this interactive map to see where French is spoken (as an official language or not): (Organisation internationale de la francophonie)

Students minoring in French navigate well in the four skills of communication — speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They demonstrate their proficiency by studying in a Francophone country for May Term, a semester, or a year. Such experience opens up opportunities for cultural exchange, work, etc., in regions on four continents.They also have the opportunity to use their French skills in the study of other disciplines through the French Across the Curriculum option. Additionally, the French minor offers students the study of film and classic works of French literature,  but also important works by modern Francophone authors of the Caribbean, Quebec, west Africa, and elsewhere.  For information on the importance of French in areas such as diplomatic relations and international humanitarian aid, for example, see (French: the most practical foreign language):