Did you know that French is the second most frequently taught language in the WORLD after English? Why? French is the only other language other than English spoken on five continents! French and English are the only two GLOBAL languages! Perhaps you should join one of the many who have decided to study French. Browse our page to learn more!

This site provides a guide to the main features of the French program at Georgia Southern University. A wide range of information concerning most aspects of the program is included. It is intended for everyone interested in our program in general, but will be particularly useful for students (both majors and minors), as well as for advisors.

Please keep in mind that due to regularly changing requirements, curricula, etc., not all information presented here may always be entirely up-to-date. Verify information in the General University Catalog and other current publications or with faculty members, if desired. The French Section reserves the right to make changes as deemed necessary.

French Faculty

Currently, the French Section is comprised of four full-time professors. Beyond their duties in the classroom and within the section, all faculty are active and involved in a wide and changing variety of university, college, and department-level committees as well as many other professional scholarship and service activities. We are located in the Interdisciplinary Academic Building.  Click on the names or images for short profiles and/or to reach the respective homepage.

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Dr. Olga Amarie Dr. Virginie Ems Bléneau Dr. William Holley
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Dr. Martha Hughes


Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages
Concentration in French
Minor in French
Student Activities
French Club

The goal of the French club is to promote French culture. It organizes meetings and varieties of cultural events throughout the year. Look for posting on campus and contact the Department of Foreign Languages for more information.

La Table Française

Students studying French meet regularly every semester to practice French in a casual setting and have fun! Look for postings on campus and check with French faculty for more information.

French Honor Society

Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1906. It is the oldest national academic honor society for a foreign language in the United States. The Zeta Rho Chapter at Georgia Southern University began in 1970.

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Pi Delta Phi Scholarships

As a regular member of Pi Delta Phi, students are eligible to apply for several generous scholarships ($4000-$8000) for summer study in France and Québec. The annual awards are designed to enable undergraduate regular members of an active chapter to continue their studies of the French language and of the literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world. Complete scholarship information, eligibility requirements and an application form are available on the national website (

November 1 – the deadline for Regular members to apply for scholarships for Summer Study Abroad.

Pi Delta Phi Membership

Membership in this honor society is a privilege that will play an important part in a resume, and membership gives students a chance to associate with the most motivated students of French. In order to be eligible for nomination, undergraduate students must be sophomores, must have completed at least one semester of a 300-level or higher course in French, and have a current minimum GPA of 3.0 in French and 3.0 overall. National one-time dues for a lifetime membership are:

Premium Regular $40.00 (pin, certificate, and honor cords in blue, white, and red)

Regular $30 (pin and certificate)

Premium Honorary $25 (for faculty only, pin, certificate, and honor cords in blue, white, and red)

Honorary $15 (for faculty only, pin, and certificate)

A $5 fee will be collected for all members for local activities and expenses.

If you meet the above requirements and would like to become a Pi Delta Phi member, please complete the membership application form and make the payment through Marketplace.

October 15 – the deadline for the Fall Semester to return the membership form, unofficial transcript, and payment.

March 15 – the deadline for the Spring Semester to return the membership form, unofficial transcript, and payment.

Induction Ceremony

The new Pi Delta Phi members will be inducted each semester in November and March.

Olga Amarie

Moderator of ZETA RHO Chapter of Pi Delta Phi


Georgia Southern University offers a competitive nine-month teaching internship in a secondary school in Saumur (the Loire Valley), France.


Visit the calendar on this site for dates and times of events. Also look for advertisements in the Forest Drive Building.


Last updated: 12/18/2018

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