Central’s French and Francophone Studies program offers many opportunities for students interested in French language and culture. Many students have spent their first year after graduation working in France as assistants in the French school system, and graduates have also pursued careers in education, marketing, government and business in the United States, Canada and overseas.
Interested students have the opportunity to live in the French house on campus and to study in a French-speaking country.
The Language Houses in the Wing International Center offer a unique living alternative for language students, those returning from a semester abroad or anyone who wants a chance to use French, German or Spanish on a daily basis, celebrate native holidays, share experiences and sample diverse foods.
The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the modern language departments. The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes an interactive computer language lab to supplement traditional methods of language learning through phone exchanges, chat groups, recording and listening activities.
Central students can study off-campus — both internationally or domestically in the United States. These opportunities give students the chance to prepare to be global citizens, equipped to compete in the global job market. Students can check out experiences led by Central faculty or attend select academic programs across the world that provide opportunities for study, service, internships and other types of experiential learning. Options include experiences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Central America, Ghana, England, the Scottish Highlands and more.
In addition, French and Francophone studies majors can immerse themselves in French-speaking countries to learn the culture and history.
Maria Snyder, associate professor of German and French, and Anya Butt, professor of biology, will present “Model Citizens and Undesirable Aliens: Immigrants in Iowa” from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 7.
Students may choose from internships in many disciplines and professional fields and have access to service learning opportunities. Recent internships have included the following fields:
Classes in French literature, civilization, translation and business are taught exclusively in French to maximize opportunities for students to master the language. Students also have the opportunity to live in the French language house. All courses aim to increase language proficiency and cultural awareness.
Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.