What Can I Do with a Major in French?

As a French major, you'll learn to think critically about literature and other aspects of cultural while developing proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding French. As you analyze works from France and related regions, you will discover the varied ideologies and philosophies implicit in French-language culture.

French majors*:
  • perceive word patterns and structures
  • translate ideas/languages
  • explain other cultures
  • compose and express thoughts

Like other liberal arts backgrounds, a major in foreign language and literature serves as a good base for careers in fields where broad educational experience is more important than a strictly vocational major. Combining language knowledge with other skills can lead to positions in such diverse areas as journalism, business, tourism, and government service. A second major or minor are options many language students choose to help achieve their career goals.

Career options for French graduates include**:
  • interpreter
  • travel agent
  • foreign correspondent
  • immigration inspector
  • international public relations specialist

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that French majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to French majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.