What Can I Do With a Major in French?
Courses in French and Francophone studies help students to learn basic communication skills, appreciate other cultures through language, and go beyond the study of language to achieve a deeper understanding of diverse peoples by way of their literatures and other modes of cultural production. Texts are read closely from a contemporary critical perspective with attention to their cultural and historical context. All courses are taught in French, except in the case of some courses cross-listed with other departments or programs, which may be taught in English.
-Bates College Dept. of French and Francophone Studies
The International Business Times reported in 2011 that job seekers with foreign language skills have an advantage in the current job market, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22% increase in demand for translators between now and 2018. (http://www.ibtimes.com/foreign-language-skills-provide-sharp-edge-job-market-258085) In addition to the obvious practical benefits of speaking another language, foreign language majors typically have finely honed verbal and written communication skills, multi-cultural literacy and sensitivity, and strong research skills. Some employers see language majors as risk takers willing to put themselves into unfamiliar situations and use problem solving strategies to figure out solutions.
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