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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by French majors  

Overview of major

Elementary and intermediate language courses provide balanced practice of the four language skills, —reading, writing, speaking and listening— in meaningful and real-world contexts, as well as an introduction to French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Advanced French courses are designed to help students gain an understanding of and appreciation for French and Francophone language, history, culture, and literature.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Intelligence Officer
  • Citizen Outreach Specialist
  • Marketing Communications Associate
  • Tour Guide
  • Program Coordinator
  • Community Engagement Specialist
  • Management Consultant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Arbitrator
  • International Lawyer
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Book Editor
  • Historical Archivist
  • Business Analyst
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Conciliator & Mediator
  • Technical Writer
  • Journalist
  • Export Agent
  • Missionary Worker

Examples of internships

  • Governor's Commission on African Affairs and Caribbean Affairs
  • Arc of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Baltimore & Howard County Public Schools
  • Villa Maria
  • Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • UNICEF
  • Agora Publishing
  • Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • John’s Hopkins Medical International
  • Conde Nast Publications
  • U.S. Department of State
  • CNN
  • World Trade Center Institute
  • GMBC
  • Beans and Bread Outreach Center
  • Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Office of Communications

Possible career fields

Government

  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil service
  • Foreign service
  • Customs
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Intelligence/Law enforcement

Arts, media, entertainment

  • Advertising
  • Publishing/Editing
  • Public relations
  • Journalism/Broadcasting

Industry & commerce

  • Banking/Finance
  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Manufacturing
  • Research
  • Operations management
  • Consulting
  • Imports/Exports
  • Engineering/Technical
  • Administrative services

Interpretation/Translation

Travel & tourism

  • Airline services
  • Management
  • Booking & reservations
  • Travel service/Guidance

Service & education

  • Educational administration
  • Social & mission work
  • Library science
  • Health services
  • Civil service
  • Linguistics
  • Teaching

Possible work settings

  • Federal government
  • Overseas aid agencies
  • Customs service
  • Armed forces
  • Museums
  • Foreign new agencies
  • TV/Radio stations
  • Publishers
  • Banks
  • Import/Export companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Travel agencies
  • Hotels & restaurants
  • Convention centers
  • Tour companies
  • Educational services
  • Courts
  • Hospitals
  • Religious & social service agencies
  • Law enforcement agencies

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Instructing
  • Learning strategies
  • Persuasion
  • Reading comprehension
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Writing
  • Research

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors (FL Category)
  • Career for Foreign Language Aficionados (FL Category)
  • Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers (CP Section)
  • Opportunities in Travel Careers (FD/TRV Section)
  • Careers for Travel Buffs and Other Restless Types (FD/TRV Section)
  • Working Abroad (INT Section)
  • International Jobs (INT Section)
  • Teaching English Abroad (INT Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by French majors

  • MA/PhD, French
  • MA, French Studies
  • PhD, French Literature
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Master of Social Work
  • MS, Psychology
  • Human Resources Management
  • MS, International Relations
  • MEd, School Counseling
  • JD
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • MA, Teacher Leadership & ESOL

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