What Can I Do With A French Major?

French is a language that opens up many career options, especially if you combine it with a second major while at Alma.

Teach English in France, Martinique, or RĂ©union!  

Do you want to spend 7 months as a cultural ambassador teaching English abroad?  Applications for the French Embassy’s teaching assistant program (TAPIF) are due on January 15, 2019.  This opportunity is open to anyone with intermediate proficiency in French.  For more information, check out the TAPIF website.

Potential Professional Paths 

Along with English, French is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, the Council of Europe, the International Red Cross and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Many businesses and US State Department jobs also require knowledge of French.  

Alma College French majors and minors often pursue careers in which their French proficiency plays a vital role. Here are just a few things our graduates have done since graduation:

  • International Health services
  • Business
  • Foreign Service
  • Translating/Interpreting
  • Travel/Hotel Services
  • Teaching
  • University International Studies Offices/Advising
  • International and Non-profit Organizations
  • Speech Therapy
  • Library Science

We are proud that several Alma French majors and minors have won Fulbright scholarships to pursue their studies abroad after graduation. You could win a Fulbright scholarship, too!

Name Destination Major(s) Minor(s)
Heidi Beckmann ’13 Thailand French, Sociology Anthropology
Lisa Biering ’11 Indonesia English French
Hadley Boehm ’08 Canada Biology French
Lindsey Dalton ’04 Jamaica Foreign Service French
David Hensley ’04 Belgium History French
Timothy Slade ’04  Benin French, IPHS