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 This Degree?
French and English are spoken on all continents. This means the possibilities are practically endless! Here are just a few ideas:
1. Teacher - certain areas of the United States continue to experience teacher shortages in foreign languages.
2. Translator - you can do this full time, or you can pick it up on the side.
3. Librarian or researcher - language skills are a huge asset to anyone looking at research-related careers.
4. Law enforcement/national security - more and more police departments, as well as the FBI and CIA, need people who can communicate in more than one language.
5. Diplomacy - just imagine, a career in Europe, Africa or South America. You don't have to be an ambassador to play an important role.