French Fundamentals

In this age of globalization, study of a foreign language, such as French, is understanding diverse, culturally rooted behaviors, attitudes and communication.

  • Comprehensive curriculum covers:
    • composition
    • conversation
    • literature
    • grammar
    • civilization
    • culture and customs

Professional Preparation

With a background in the humanities, graduates can think creatively, communicate effectively and work with diverse populations, preparing them to enter graduate school for careers in:

  • architecture
  • education
  • journalism
  • business
  • law
  • medicine

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • well-traveled 


Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

Studying abroad is an excellent way to develop academic and professional skills that will enable you to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market. While abroad, you will develop critical thinking, decision-making and language skills, and increase inter-cultural, political and economic understanding.

With our Summer Program in the Alps, students spend six weeks in the Alpine town of Faverges, near Geneva, Switzerland, and the French city of Annecy, and take field trips to Paris, Geneva and Chamonix.

Our students also gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary. 

Recent placements include: 

  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Walt Disney World
  • City of Akron
  • The University of Akron

Modern Language Student Organizations

  • Pi Delta Pi (French honorary)
    Circle K International

Curriculum Guide



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Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in modern languages paves the way to many careers. Increasingly, there is a need for individuals with foreign language skills in fields such as:

  • health care
  • journalism
  • broadcasting
  • tourism
  • law enforcement
  • social work

Possible positions with a bachelor's degree:

  • teachers, translators or interpreters 

Graduates with advanced degrees pursue careers as:

  •  university and college professors

Career Outlook

As more organizations establish themselves abroad, modern language graduates help manage everything from personnel matters to import-export contracts.

The global marketplace also translates to jobs in the media, high-technology, travel industries and more.

Modern language graduates with a background in scientific and technological areas fare especially well in the job market.

A&S Careers Program

Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
  • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
  • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
  • department-specific mentoring arrangements


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