Foreign Languages - French

Knowledge of other languages and cultures is increasingly essential in the global marketplace. At Berry College, you can earn a major or minor in French, German or Spanish.

You might be preparing for graduate study or professional training. Maybe you want to give your future career a boost by becoming proficient in a second language. Some students choose to pursue a double major that includes the language of their choice and another subject, such as business, government or education.

Learning a language can also lead to opportunities to study, work and volunteer in other countries. Three 2008 graduates received Fulbright scholarships to teach English in Austria for two semesters; a 2010 graduate received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Spain. At Berry, you will find a variety of options for expanding your horizons abroad.

Careers for foreign language majors include secondary and post-secondary education, translation, international diplomacy, business, immigration services and mission work, among others.

If you’d like to teach French, German or Spanish, you can earn a P-12 education minor in that language. We promote the training of language teachers through Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences.

The French major

Because French is spoken in more than 55 countries around the world, opportunities are plentiful for those who learn to communicate in French and develop an understanding of the French and Francophone cultures. Possible employers include private companies and international corporations in the United States and abroad, as well as humanitarian organizations, international agencies and non-governmental organizations (including Amnesty International, the World Health Organization, International Red Cross, United Nations and Doctors without Borders) that use French as their official or working language.

Who Teaches Foreign Languages at Berry?

Members of the foreign language faculty hold doctorates from such notable institutions as Emory University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Tulane University; the University of Georgia; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Washington; and the University of Wisconsin. A number are native speakers of the language they teach. In recent years, students have also had the opportunity to interact with Fulbright scholars from France and Germany in and out of the classroom.

Are there opportunities for language practice outside the classroom?

Berry’s newly renovated Language Resource Center, which is staffed primarily by foreign language majors, is available to students for oral practice and listening all day and many evenings. We also have a busy foreign film schedule and an International Club. Foreign language professors hold conversation hours and even organize extracurricular events, such as Spanish plays, for students. For students of Spanish, Berry has a chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society for Spanish. Students may also practice Spanish and appreciate Spanish and Latin American culture at meetings of Orgullo, a club that raises awareness about Hispanic culture at Berry and in the local community.

Is it Possible to Study a Foreign Language Abroad? Si, Oui and Na, Klar!

We offer many exciting opportunities for foreign language study abroad. All foreign language programs offer summer, semester and yearlong sessions. As a participant, you’ll get a thorough orientation and will stay in a residence hall or private home so that you will be more deeply immersed in the culture of your host country. There is on-site student support, and cultural excursions are included.

April in Paris?

French students have the opportunity to study abroad in the “City of Lights.” Participants can choose between fall and spring semester or opt for a yearlong course of study through the International Studies Abroad (ISA) program at the Catholic University of Paris. Scholarships to support study in Paris are available through International Programs and the Department of Foreign Languages. Classes are held at the renowned “Institut Catholique de Paris,” located close to the superb “Jardin du Luxembourg” and the Pantheon, 10 minutes from the famous Left Bank cafés.