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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Careers in French

The French Program at the University of South Carolina offers courses in the language, literatures and cultures of France and the Francophone world that can lead to both undergraduate and graduate degrees in French, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, and Global Studies. Students acquire advanced language skills and fluent cultural knowledge through courses taken on campus, and through study abroad. A direct exchange program in Arras, France and an established summer program in Tours, France, help students to acquire linguistic and cultural proficiencies in and beyond French. Graduates with a French major will have gained

  • Highly developed communication skills in English and French
  • critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills
  • research experience
  • the ability to work with diverse groups
  • global awareness
  • cross-cultural literacy
  • experience living abroad

French majors are attractive to employers in the following fields:

  • Academia
  • Advocacy
  • Cultural Consulting
  • Government
  • International Business
  • Interpreting
  • Journalism
  • Lobbying
  • Manufacturing
  • Manuscript Editing
  • Media Sales
  • Primary/Secondary Education
  • Public Health
  • Teaching French
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Tourism and Trade
  • Translation

Advanced Degrees that are open to students with a background in French may include:

Anthropology
Art History
Comparative Literature
Film and Media Studies
History
Law

Linguistics
Literary and Historical Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Sociology