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“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture”. Frantz Fanon

“To have a language is to possess another soul”. Charlemagne

Not only in California but across the United States, knowledge of a foreign language is an invaluable asset that can open endless opportunities for personal and professional growth. Majors in world languages lead to successful careers in education, linguistics, journalism, law, business, translation, interpretation, international relations, human rights, arts, history, hospitality and non-profit organization to name a few.​

Much more than satisfying a requirement for graduation, learning a language changes an individual for life. It broadens our reality, brings nuances to our thought process and enhances our critical thinking skills. In addition, it increases knowledge of our own language.​

Being able to understand and communicate in a new language connects us to another culture and set of values. It prepares us to better understand and respect others as well as educating us to better know our own world. Knowing another language is a personal wealth that affords us relationships, careers and opportunities at a global level.​

The French discipline at Norco College offers the French 1 (FRE-1) course​.

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in a foreign language include: interpreter, air traffic assistant, banking correspondent, bilingual educator, travel agent, foreign diplomat, loan officer, copywriter, investment analyst, financial planner, and foreign correspondent.

​​Faculty Voice

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Dominique Voyer Dominique Voyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Dominique Voyer was born in the south of France and received her education from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, with majors in French Literature and Spanish Linguistics.

After moving to the US in 1984, she first taught languages in high school and later became an assistant professor of Spanish at CSUSB (1992-1996). She joined RCCD first at Riverside City College (1996) and has been at Norco College since 2005. Languages and linguistics are a life-long passion that she feels privileged to share with her students.

To read more of Dominique's story, click here​.

Academic Programs in French​

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Arts & Humanities
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Communication, Media and Languages - CSU Pathway


Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Foreign Language)
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

Contact Information

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​Instructional Department Specialist
Debra Karrer
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Admin. Assistant to the Dean
Eileen Cechini
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Full-Time Faculty
Dominique Voyer
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