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Learn how to pair French and engineering majors

A major in French is an excellent complement to Calvin’s engineering major. French language skills may help you find employment in engineering companies with global offices.

Because the engineering major is intensive, you will need to plan well to fit both French and engineering majors into four years of study. Download the following plans to see a suggested course schedule for your engineering concentration.

Our Stories
  • Justin Wassink


    Graduation Year: 2008
    Hometown: London, ON
    Major: Engineering

    “I am definitely glad that I pursued the double major. […] It has had an overall positive influence on my life, specifically the opportunity to spend a semester living, learning and travelling in France. In addition to the wonderful memories and friendships formed, studying abroad gave me a greater awareness of and appreciation for cultural differences in general as well as things like international politics and economics.” “I do firmly believe that pursuing the French major, both at Calvin and in Grenoble, has helped to make me the person I am today, and for that I am grateful. When I took oral rhetoric for engineers, the topic of one of my speeches was that every student should (try to) study off-campus / abroad during their time at university, and I was always proud that Calvin ranked so highly in this regard when compared to other American schools.”

  • David van Geest


    Graduation Year: 2008
    Hometown: London, ON
    Major: Engineering - Electrical and Computer

    “Personally, I do think that taking French and going to France has had a very positive influence on my life. Living in France for 5 months was an experience that I will cherish forever. It broadened my perspective of the world and really got me interested in travel. […] I imagine that a lot of people are hesitant to double-major with Engineering since it can require an extra year, but I must say that my last year at Calvin was really the best. I grew a lot personally, made a lot of new friends, and had a really great time.”