French - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

Students majoring in French study one of the major languages of the world and prepare in literature, language, culture and linguistics for professions in international business, banking, trade, travel, and other professions in the public and private sector. They will take courses that combine the study of literature, language, culture, and linguistics, which will lead to the development of language proficiency and an understanding of the French-speaking world, including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, and Francophone regions of the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. The development of language proficiency and an understanding of the French speaking world will make the student majoring in French a valuable asset to many business, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.

Interesting Facts: 
French is spoken officially in 33 countries, and is one of the two languages spoken on five continents. The other is English. After English, French is the second most widely learned foreign language in the world, with almost 120 million students and 500,000 teachers.
France is the world’s fifth economic power, after the United States, China, Japan, and Germany.
About one third of the vocabulary of English has been borrowed from French. As a result, students who have studied French earn the highest scores on standardized tests (SAT/ACT/GRE/LSAT), a definite advantage for admission to graduate school.

Academics

What you will learn: 

Our French majors become competent in the four main skills of language acquisition (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), but, equally as important, they become culturally fluent. The department offers a large selection of courses in different literary periods, as well as courses in composition, stylistics, business, and linguistics. Students will come to understand the cultures of Francophone countries in ways that will allow them to communicate on a deeper level with people from those nations. This will benefit them in their future careers, whether they involve interpreting, translating, teaching, research, business, international trade, or managing people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$112,800
Low Salary: 
$32,600
Median Salary: 
$58,600
Employers: 

About.com
AFS Intercultural Programs
ARCH Language Network
CapTel
CB Richard Ellis
Cenarte
Chambers of Commerce
Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and Winery
Delta Airlines
EDUCAUSE
Embassies
Fablevision Animation
French Ministry of Education
French-American Chamber of 
Commerce
GEORGIA Magazine
Global Collect
Google, Inc.
H&A Events
Imagine Exhibitions Inc.
Import / Export Companies
Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
International Studies Abroad
IUPUI
Jericho Translations
National Archives
News Bureaus
Peace Corps
Public Relations Firms
Public Service Organizations
Savannah-Chatham Public School 
System
The Cottage School
The Greenville News
The Reynolds and Reynolds Company
The Wesley Foundation
TRANE
Travel Agencies
Tuesday Morning
UCAR/NCAR
Unity Village
University of Burgos

Possible Job Titles: 

Many students majoring in French will become teachers or go on to graduate school, but proficiency in a foreign language also helps majors find employment in the public and private sectors.

Administrative Assistant
Associate Editor
Associate Project Manager
Bilingual Instructor
Business Developer
Captioning Assistant
CIA/FBI Special Agent
Civil Service Worker
Client Services Coordinator
Customs Official
Development Assistant
Diplomat
Editor/French Cuisine
Environmental Translator
Events Logistical Liaison
Female Bilingual Voice Talent
Foreign News Journalist
Foreign Services Worker
French Interpreter
Hispanic Services Coordinator
Immigration Specialist
Import/Export Agent
Intelligence Specialist Interpreter
Legal Assistant
Military Office Intern
Multicultural Communications Manager
Multicultural Education and Outreach 
Coordinator
Paraprofessional
Peace Corps Volunteer
Program Coordinator
Recruiter/Business Development
Remote Customer Training Professional
Research Associate
Resource Coordinator & Inside Sales 
Representative
Sales Associate
Social Media Coordinator
Translator
Travel Consultant