Major: French
Program Director: Sarah Jacqueline Harrell DeSmet, Professor of Modern Languages
Academic Catalogue

Wesleyan’s Modern Language Department offers both a major and minor in French. And that’s good news – because during the last decade, career opportunities for people who speak French have increased considerably, with the emergence of the European community as the world’s largest trading block and with the growing importance in world affairs of the African Francophone nations. The French minor may be combined with numerous majors in humanities, fine arts, math, international business relations and science. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Study Abroad
Wesleyan College maintains cooperative agreements which provide access to a wide range of institutionally approved national and international colleges and universities in popular destinations that include the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, China, Australia, Austria and Argentina.  In addition to these cooperative agreements, Wesleyan College has direct exchange agreements through the Business Education Initiative with various schools in Northern Ireland and with the following schools: Ulyanovsk State University in Russia, Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea, Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea, and Osaka University in Japan. Wesleyan also offers faculty-led special study abroad courses in various locations. Questions about study abroad may be referred to Dr. Teresa Smotherman, chair of the Study Abroad Academic Advisory Committee. Click here for additional Study Abroad information.

Special Opportunities
The department encourages internships and volunteer projects which tap the language skills acquired in the classroom. Some of these activities may, at the discretion of a faculty sponsor, be applied for credit in the field studies category. Wesleyan language students have the opportunity to work as tutors in local schools, volunteer in library reading programs, and intern with multinational businesses. The department takes students to Atlanta annually to the High Museum of Art for French-related exhibits, or to plays by the Théâtre du rêve followed by a French meal. There is a student-led French Club on campus. Students also have the opportunity to be inducted into the Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society.

Students who major or minor in French often continue to graduate and professional studies in education, international business or relations, journalism, medicine, biology or chemistry. Graduates have spent a year teaching English in France, gone to graduate school in French and other international- focused policy and relations programs, worked for multinational companies such as Michelin and General Electric, and taught school.


Sara Lynn DesmetSarah Jacqueline Harrell DeSmet Professor of Modern Languages. B.A. (French and Spanish) Vanderbilt University; M.A. (French Literature) Indiana University; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia. My professional interests include 18th-century women’s epistolary novels in French, especially Isabelle de Charrière, translation, and foreign language education. Tate 209. 

Alain SappiAlain-Richard SappiAssistant Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish/French). B.A. in Spanish and Latin-American Literature and Culture, Yaounde I-Cameroon; M.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture, University of Yaounde I-Cameroon; M.A. with thesis in Spanish Literature & Culture and Theory of Literature, University of Yaounde I-Cameroon; M.A in Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain; Ph.D Cum Laude Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain. My research interests include 19th-21st c. Spanish literature/culture and theory of literature, narratology, semiotics, literature and society, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, and postmodernism. Tate 210.