Program Director: Sarah Jacqueline Harrell DeSmet, Professor of Modern Languages
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.
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 Theatre du Reve 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. 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. 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.
FacultySarah JacquelineHarrell DeSmet , Professor of French and Spanish. B.A. (French and Spanish) Vanderbilt University 1990; M.A. (French Literature) Indiana University 1993; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia 2001. My professional interests include 18th-century women’s epistolary novels in French, especially Isabelle de Charrière, translation, and foreign language education. Tate 209. email@example.com