French is one the most important languages in the world. It is spoken in every continent. For instance, half of African countries (22) speak French. It is one the official languages of the United Nations. French language and culture have "molded the soul" of the world.
The Constitution of The United States draws its inspiration from the French Enlightenment philosophers and their ideology. This ideology had led to the French Revolution of 1789, which yielded a tremendous amount of democratic ideas throughout the world and especially in the United States and other Western countries.
French culture and that of French speaking countries have passed down an exceptional cultural legacy on the whole planet. Great scientists, philosophers, artists were from France and French-speaking countries and did significantly influence the US society, culture and civilization (to mention but one instance among many others, Washington DC was built by Pierre L'Enfant, a French architect). From that particular ground, it can be inferred that French culture (and that of French-speaking countries) is a culture of science, critical thinking, and arts. In addition, French was initially and unofficially the second language in the US, but it was gradually overtaken by Spanish. Consequently, learning French is unquestionably a fruitful and enriching experience. It enables every sincere and devoted student to build a unique and bona fide lifetime asset.
Winston-Salem State University offers French courses at several levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The University offers minors in French as well. Additionally, the twenty-first century is known as an era of interconnectedness because the globe has become a big planetary village. One of the most cogent ways to take up the challenge of this cosmopolitan era is through a strong command of French, a world language. Accordingly, by learning French, students get ready to serve efficiently in the planetary village. By the same token, they endorse one of major goals of Winston-Salem State University brilliantly encrypted in its motto: "enter to learn, depart to serve".