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Mary Lyndon Language Community: French conversation class

French - A.B.

About this Degree

Students majoring in French take courses in small classes that emphasize interactive communications and a critical understanding of the culture and institutions of the Francophone world, from metropolitan France to Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In addition to studying cultures of the pre-modern and modern world, students learning French acquire analytic skills, sensitivity to the nuances of written communications and a command of logic that puts those abilities to best use. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad, and a French-language residential community in Mary Lyndon Hall offers the opportunity to maintain accent and fluency while in Athens. With proficiency in French, graduates have a key to careers with financial, legal, journalistic, pharmaceutical, and non-governmental companies and organizations. Should they wish to further their academic study of the French-speaking world, they are well-prepared for advanced degrees.

What you will learn

Faculty and advisors consider the goals of each student to provide personalized mentoring to suit their career objectives. Students often choose a double major, combining their study of language with a complementary field in Arts and Sciences, Public and International Affairs, Journalism, or Business. Interdisciplinary certificate programs are often used, along with internships and short-term work abroad, to customize a student’s entry into a desired career in areas such as media and content creation; management and administration; international trade and law; tourism and culture industries; government service; as well as primary, secondary and higher education.

Possible Job Titles:

See the department's career planning, internship, and working abroad resources.

Students majoring in French may go on to graduate or professional school or to teach. Proficiency in the French 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

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

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