French is spoken on five continents—one of the main languages of international business, sport, and diplomacy.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a French major and minor that combine small class sizes with a faculty of nationally and internationally active scholars—with whom you have the opportunity to do research and present—to give you a remarkably personalized educational experience.

You will have a wide range of study abroad opportunities not only in France, but also in Belgium, French Guiana, Madagascar, Morocco, Québec, Senegal, and Switzerland.

Join us and take advantage of:

  • Small class sizes, in addition to working one-on-one with advanced-level French tutors, native speakers, and our internationally-recognized French faculty
  • Internship opportunities in the U.S. and a wide range of French-speaking countries
  • Access to a rich international community on campus, as well as outside speakers and performers
  • Use of Butler’s student Modern Language Center (MLC) and its wealth of movies, technology, tutoring, and lounge areas
  • The option to complete the degree in just three years

Browse our course offerings.

Financial Support

Please read through these lists of numerous Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities (scroll down to “language study”), as well as study abroad scholarships (CIEE and IFSA-Butler) and travel grants.

Check out the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences $1,000 essay contest (typically due by January), the annual John Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism (typically due by March), and the annual Corrine Welling Scholarship (typically due by April).

For international students, here’s some advice and information on Scholarships and Grants set aside specifically for you.

If you encounter a short-term, unforeseen financial hardship or immediate expense that’s impacting your academic success, please read about the Butler Emergency Assistance Fund.

What Bulldogs Dream, We Do

Alex Still ’14

French graduate Alex Still

After graduation, French and dance pedagogy double major Alex Still headed to France, the recipient of the Fulbright French Government Teaching Award.

She would teach English to middle and high school students in the northern city of Lille.

This was a bit of a homecoming—Alex spent one summer studying abroad in Dijon.

“I hope to stay over there for a few years at least,” she said.

All applicants for this type of Fulbright Award are required to propose a side project that they will complete in addition to teaching English.

Alex proposed bringing the concept of the Butler Community Arts School to France, volunteering in a school needing arts education.

So, in addition to teaching English, Alex would do just as she did at Butler—utilize the French language and dance.

“It’s been awesome to be able to have other interests and not be restricted to one major. Following The Butler Way has truly gotten me where I am today.”