Pursuing a Degree in French for an Extraordinary Career!Earning a degree in French provides students with the components of a well-rounded education. Students will gain knowledge of the French language through conversation, composition, and grammar combined with the study of French literature and civilization.
A degree in French prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, such as:
- Arts (Administration and Creative)
- Public Policy
Associate Degree in FrenchWith an Associate Degree in French students will immerse themselves in courses that explore the culture(s) of the French-speaking world. An Associate Degree in French (also sometimes listed as French Studies and/or Francophone Studies) is interdisciplinary and may include courses such as:
- Women’s Studies
- Caribbean Studies
- Colonial and Post-Colonial History
- French Medieval Times
- Contemporary France
- Popular Culture
Jobs with an Associate Degree in French:
- Teacher Assistant- Work with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction. May specialize in specific student populations given area(s) of expertise. Median Annual Salary: $29,000.
- Translator- Convert information from one language into another language. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. Many translators also work remotely. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.
- Customs Broker- Works to ensure client shipments meet the dozens of requirements enforced by US Customs and Border Control. Median Annual Salary: $76,000.
Bachelor's Degree in FrenchStudents who have a passion for French culture and language will thrive in a Bachelor’s Degree program. Students will grow their knowledge and expertise on all things French while cultivating their language, writing, and research skills. Students will acquire the skills to think critically, creatively, and independently. A Bachelor’s Degree in French encourages students to become active and engaged citizens in a complex global world.
Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.
Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in French:
- News Correspondent– Work for newspaper, website, or periodical publishers or in television or radio broadcasting and inform the public about news and events. Specifically, as it relates to and/or impacts international and French news. Median Annual Salary: $46,000.
- Interpreter- Convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.
- Public Relations Specialist- Create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.
American University- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies and a BA in Language and Area Studies: French/Europe. American University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
Georgetown University- Offers a Bachelor’s in French. Georgetown participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
Le Moyne College- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in French. LeMoyne participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
Pepperdine University- Offers a Bachelor’s in French Studies. Pepperdine participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
Pomona College- Offers a Bachelor’s in French. Pomona participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
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American University- Offers an Undergraduate Certificate in French Translation. Students can earn this certificate independently or in conjunction with an undergraduate degree. American University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
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Master's Degree in FrenchA graduate degree in French will help students further build their French communication skills including speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also further develop their research and critical thinking skills. A Master’s Degree in French is a popular choice for those choosing career paths such as research, writing, or teaching.
Jobs with a Master’s Degree in French:
- Historian- Research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.
- ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher- Instruct adults in fundamental skills, such as reading and speaking English. They also help students earn their high school equivalency credential. Median Annual Salary: $55,000.
- Postsecondary Teacher– Instruct students in French courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.
- Public Relations Manager- Direct the creation of materials that will enhance the public image of their employer or client. Median Annual Salary: $118,000.
Syracuse University- Offers a Master of Arts in French and Francophone Studies. Syracuse also offers a BA in French and Francophone Studies. Syracuse participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
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American University- Offers a Graduate Certificate in French Translation. Students can earn this certificate independently or in conjunction with a graduate degree. American University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
Doctoral Degree in FrenchFor students seeking the ultimate accolade in postsecondary education, a Doctor of Philosophy in French is available at select universities and colleges. PhD students are poised to become the foremost authority in their field with candidates focusing on their passions and specific area(s) of expertise in French language and culture.
Jobs with a Doctoral Degree in French:
- Postsecondary Education Administrator- Oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Median Annual Salary: $98,000.
- Author- Develop written content for various types of media on international topics. Median Annual Salary: $122,000.
Michigan State University- Offers a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies. Michigan State also offers a BA and an MA in French. Michigan State participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.