What can I do with a major in French?
UGA Specific Information for French
Students majoring in French study one of the major languages of the world and prepare in literature, language, culture and linguistics for professions in international business, banking, trade, travel, and other professions in the public and private sector. Primary emphasis for French majors is on French speaking countries including France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Canada. Nevertheless, the development of language proficiency and an understanding of the French speaking world will make a student majoring in French a valuable asset to many organizations.
Employers Hiring UGA French for the Class of 2016*
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Clarke County School District | Georgia-Pacific LLC | Teaching Assistant Program in France
Job Titles of UGA French Majors for the Class of 2016*
Accountant | English Language Assistant | Head Custodians | Health Communications Specialist
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA French Majors for the Class of 2016*
The University of Georgia | University College Dublin
UGA French Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
- Department of Romance Languages
- Pi Delta Phi - French Honor Society
- Language Communities
- Language Resource Center
- The French Table
To find additonal clubs and organizations, visit the Center for Student Organizations.
And connect with your Career Consultant
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
General Information and Strategies
- Choose an additional academic area of study to supplement the foreign language, preferably one that requires a high degree of technical skill. Most people with foreign language ability use those skills to assist them in a different career field such as business, education, journalism, law, etc.
- Related courses to study include geography, history, civilization, foreign relations, international law, and world economics.
- Plan to attend a private language institute to learn additional languages and cultures.
- Utilize a number of learning methods to develop language fluency. Combine listen and repeat drills, textbooks, audio lessons, and learning apps.
- Travel to a foreign country or study abroad in international exchange programs to develop your language skills and international/intercultural competency.
- Study and practice your foreign language skills by reading foreign newspapers, magazines, and books.
- Seek opportunities to interact with international students on your campus or members of your local community. Host international students, join relevant student organizations, and participate in international campus events.
- Watch foreign movies and listen to foreign broadcasts to maintain your fluency.
- Volunteer your language skills to churches, community organizations, and programs that work with people who speak your target language.
- Correspond with someone from a foreign country.
- Contact professional associations and read their publications to learn about job opportunities.
- Research job postings on the Internet to get an idea of jobs in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful.
- Participate in summer programs, co-ops, and internships to improve your skills.
- Network with others in the field to learn about job opportunities.
- In general, international positions are competitive and difficult to obtain. Be very proactive in developing the skills and experiences international employers seek.
- Get your foot in the door in domestic positions because many international employers promote current employees into international positions.
Tip: Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
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Additional Career Research Resources
- My Next Move - Powered by O*NET
- Occupational Outlook Handbook -
- Career Insider: Vault Guides
- Candid Career - View professionals speaking about their careers
- Idealist Careers - Helping You Find a Nonprofit Career
- GoinGlobal - International (to access, login with your DAWGlink account)
- Idealist - Nonprofit
- USAJOBS - Federal
- French-American Chamber of Commerce
- Society for French Historical Studies
- Bilingual Jobs
- Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
- CIA Foreign Language Positions
- Top Language Jobs
- The Electronic Embassy - U.S. Foreign Embassies
- U.S. Department of State Careers
- U.S. Travel Association
- Translator Pub
- National Security Agency
- National Association for Bilingual Education
- American Association for Applied Linguistics
- American Association of Language Specialists
- American Association of Teachers of French
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- American Translators Association
- World Languages and Cultures Career Resouces
- Careers in Languages