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Minor in French

Did you know French is one of the fastest-growing languages in the world, especially in Africa? In fact, French is spoken on every continent with more than 275 million people worldwide speaking French.

At University of the Cumberlands, the Department of World Languages offers your choice of two minors in French. The minor degree in French 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 minor degree in French leading to P-12 or P-5 certification. The demand for teachers qualified to teach a second language is rising every year. Whichever track you choose, Cumberlands students studying a degree in French are encouraged to immerse themselves in the French language and culture through study abroad.

What can I do with a degree in French?

The minor degree in French equips students with skills that will serve them literally the world over, for French is one of the few truly global languages. To this end, the Department of World Languages offers courses in the French language and the literatures and cultures of not just France, but also the Francophone world, including parts of Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. Courses at all levels aid students in developing the four communicative skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. In addition, students explore the cultural products, perspectives, and practices of the French-speaking world through course work, field trips, extracurricular activities, and study abroad. UC has a partner program in Montpellier, France, or students may work with French faculty to develop an overseas experience that meets their individual educational goals. 

The minor degree in French pairs perfectly with any major and will serve students in fields such as business, diplomacy, and education.

  • Teacher – the United States needs language teachers; UC graduates with a minor degree in French are stepping up to fill those roles
  • Interpreter/ translator – either full-time or on the side
  • Librarian or researcher – language skills are a huge asset to anyone in a research-related career; several UC graduates have gone on to get library science degrees
  • Law Enforcement/National Security – from local police departments to the FBI, CIA, or DEA; agencies need people who can communicate in more than one language
  • Diplomacy – you don’t have to be an ambassador to imagine a career in Europe, Africa, or South America
  • Missionary – French is a widely-used language in many mission fields, including Haiti and Africa

By adding an appreciation for French culture as well as the knowledge of this world language, you can take your career to the next level.  Fill out the form on this page and add a minor degree in French to your resume. Request more info today!

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