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Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society

National French Honor Society

The University of Montevallo’s Lambda Chapter of Pi Delta Phi was founded in 1936.

The Lambda Chapter has an Initiation Ceremony every academic year. Chapter members organize various activities to promote cultural activities.

Regular Membership

This category includes undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at the sponsoring institution who shall be nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in at least one semester of upper-division French (i.e. beyond the intermediate-level series of courses). Candidates for Regular membership shall be of at least sophomore standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in French courses, a minimum overall grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the top 35% of their class.

Students from neighboring institutions who take French courses at the sponsoring institution are not eligible for regular membership, but may be nominated for honorary membership.

Why Study French?

Outside of France, French is one of the official languages of Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Canada, and the official and diplomatic language of many countries in Africa, French territories in the Caribbean and in the Pacific. French is also spoken in Louisiana and parts of New England.

French culture, particularly that aspect of it known as the Enlightenment, was influential in shaping our own democracy in the 18th century. It is the language of philosophy, gastronomy, art, fashion and science. Today, France is a leading world economy in the fields of aeronautics, space-travel and communication technology. In today’s global economy, language competence and an awareness of cultural diversity are essential for a career in international business.

  • Be understood in over 55 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people.
  • Get a head start on learning other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
  • Develop critical, creative thinking and problem solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which improves performance on standardized tests.
  • Open the doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture, literature, scientific innovation, and technology.
  • Discover a new appreciation for other cultures in countries that speak French like Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and many African nations.
  • Use French to pursue studies in Francophone countries.
  • Promote language diversity throughout the world.
  • Be more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, transportation technologies, global/international distribution and luxury goods.
  • French is the official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!
  • European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!

Study Abroad Opportunities in France

UM students in the French program have unique opportunities for study abroad. They can choose from the following options:

Study Abroad in Paris with a UM professor

The Department of Foreign Language currently offers a six credit hour summer program in Paris (FRN 250), France. This program offers students an opportunity to perfect language skills and immerse themselves in Francophone culture.

Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence through IAU

UM has an affiliation with the Institute for American Universities (IAU), which allows students to easily transfer foreign credit hours. Students can choose to study in Aix-en-Provence for a semester or an academic year. They enroll in courses taught by French professors and they live with local host families. Students for this program travel individually.