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2023 French Language and Literature Popularity

There are about 6,853 students enrolled in French Language and Literature in the USA.

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French language and literature is the 135th most popular degree in America, with 2,400 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #136 Construction Engineering Technology, and narrowly lost to #134 Theological and Ministerial Studies.

The degree is offered at a total of 561 colleges across the nation, and is the 34th most widely offered degree. Given that french language and literature is offered at 78% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that 46% of colleges offering french language and literature are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most french language and literature graduates, largely led by New York University, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from Columbia University in the City of New York and Cornell University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more french language and literature graduates than College of the Canyons, which graduated 36 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study french language and literature). More students studied french language and literature as a percentage of total students at Amherst College than any other college.

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