The role of French language and culture in particular spans the globe with 29 countries counting French as an official language, as well as 10 other countries where French is spoken in all or part of the country, but where it is not officially recognized. Studying French offers unique insights into the arts, politics, international relations, literature, theatre, film, cuisine, philosophy, and history. Additionally, graduate studies in many areas require the ability to read a second, and sometimes a third, language. French remains one of the official working languages of all international organizations such as the International Committee for the Red Cross, the United Nations, and the Olympic Committee. Outside of the practical, French grasps us in its arms, and we are ever transformed into francophiles – lover of French.
Wesleyan’s small class size offers a considerable advantage for students studying French because students have more individual attention and correction by the professor, and more opportunities to speak in class. All courses are taught by faculty, unlike larger universities where graduate students teach beginning, intermediate, and even some upper level courses. Our proximity to Atlanta allows us to take field trips to see French art at the High Museum, to watch plays in French, and to eat in French restaurants.
Most students of French travel abroad while at Wesleyan, either through one of our partner programs or as part of a faculty-led trip. Additionally, at least one graduate every few years applies and is accepted to teach English in France for a year after graduation through the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program.
Switzerland Institut des Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement, Mercer University, Louisiana State University, and University of Memphis
Working with international agencies like the Peace Corps, Doctors Without Borders, and CARE.
There is always a demand for English instructors in French speaking countries (which means you could travel extensively). Knowing French will help you communicate with your students and integrate into their culture.
Options include working freelance on small French books to lending a hand to the CIA. A career as an interpreter could make you into an essential member of a diplomatic team, whether working at the UN, NATO, or at embassies through the Foreign Service.
Could include book and newspapers publishing; writing or editing manuals, signs, websites, and instructions; translating English labels on an American medicine to French labels.
As a flight attendant or pilot for a French airline, you'll be drawing on your language skills to connect with native speakers. As a tour guide, you can show off your adopted country to visitors from home.
French allows you to take most any career abroad: work directly for a French company or apply for an international branch of an American corporation. You could attend a French university, work at a consulting firm, be a journalist, or run a bank.
Of the student population at Wesleyan is international
Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields
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