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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.

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


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 



Peace Corps Volunteer

Program Coordinator

Recruiter/Business Development

Remote Customer Training Professional

Research Associate

Resource Coordinator & Inside Sales 


Sales Associate

Social Media Coordinator


Travel Consultant

AFS Intercultural Programs

ARCH Language Network


CB Richard Ellis


Chambers of Commerce

Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and Winery

Delta Airlines



Fablevision Animation

French Ministry of Education

French-American Chamber of 


GEORGIA Magazine

Global Collect

Google, Inc.

H&A Events

Imagine Exhibitions Inc.

Import / Export Companies

Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

International Studies Abroad


Jericho Translations

National Archives

News Bureaus

Peace Corps

Public Relations Firms

Public Service Organizations

Savannah-Chatham Public School 


The Cottage School

The Greenville News

The Reynolds and Reynolds Company

The Wesley Foundation


Travel Agencies

Tuesday Morning


Unity Village

University of Burgos

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