Minor in French
The Department of World Languages offers your choice of two minors in French. The French minor has a communicative approach that focuses on the language, literature and cultures of the French-speaking world. It will prepare you for additional studies as well as careers in business, diplomacy, overseas missions and any other field in which knowledge of another language and culture is vital. Want to be a French teacher? Then you should consider a French minor leading to P-12 Certification. The demand for teachers qualified to teach a second language is rising every year. Whichever track you choose, French minors at Cumberlands are encouraged to immerse themselves in the French language and culture through study abroad.
What can I do with a French degree?
The French Minors equip students with skills that will serve them literally the world over, for French is one of the few truly global languages. To this end, the Department of World Languages offers courses in the French language and the literatures and cultures of not just France, but also the Francophone world, including parts of Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. Courses at all levels aid students in developing the four communicative skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. In addition, students explore the cultural products, perspectives, and practices of the French-speaking world through course work, field trips, extracurricular activities, and study abroad. UC has a partner program in Montpellier, France, or students may work with French faculty to develop an overseas experience that meets their individual educational goals.
The French Minor pairs perfectly with any major and will serve students in fields such as business, diplomacy, and education.
• Teacher – the United States is experiencing widespread teacher shortages in world languages
• Interpreter or translator – either full-time or on the side
• Librarian or researcher – language skills are a huge asset to anyone in a research-related career
• Law enforcement/national security – from local police departments to the FBI, DEA, CIA, agencies need people who can communicate in more than one language
• Diplomacy – just imagine, a career in Europe, Africa or South America. You don't have to be an ambassador to play an important role.