Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fully bilingual in French & English, studied English Literature at McGill University in Montréal.
According to Auguste Rodin, the father of modern sculpture, "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." Obviously, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, does not question the validity of his having studied languages and literature.
While learning the language, literature, and cultural and intellectual history of France might not appear to insure career success, it may very well engender interest in and foster mastery of the humanities. The accumulation of knowledge of the roots of our cultural tradition is an invaluable asset that promotes critical and creative thinking. In short, studying French helps to build a mind, not a robot or a homo economicus, or better yet, it molds the mind like a piece of clay in the tradition of Rodin.
UTRGV offers a 21-credit Minor in French, which includes language and translation classes, as well as courses on French Culture and Civilization, French Literature, French Cinema, and the French Enlightenment, among others. Professors encourage oral proficiency, while teaching fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary, culture, and pronunciation. Students can also participate in the annual summer study abroad program in Paris, in addition to the semester study abroad exchange with the Sorbonne University. Surf our webpage for further information about the program and about ways to become proficient in French, to learn about some of the finest French Cultural treasures, and to transform your mind by studying various domains of the Humanities.