French Student Opportunities

Study Abroad
Muskingum University has had an exchange program with the Université du Sud Toulon in Toulon, France since 1998. Each year, Muskingum students may enroll for a semester or an academic year as full-time students in Toulon, which is located between Marseille and Nice on the French Riviera.

English Teaching Assistantships are available in France. These paid, year-long assistantships involve teaching English to French university or secondary school students. Most recently, Muskingum language majors have taught English in Caen and in Nice, France.

Students may arrange independent research projects (1-3 credit hours) to be conducted in French or English. The projects may optionally include a field research component in a French-speaking place. Recent field research projects have been carried out in Louisiana (on the use of French in present-day New Orleans) and in France (on racism in France against North African immigrants and on trends affecting the French wine industry). Students may research an area of interest in literature, language, culture, or business.

Senior seminar research projects center on a specific area of French literature, culture, or international business. Research writing and methodology are emphasized. Results are presented in an oral expose and a written paper.

Phi Sigma Iota is an honorary society for students who excel in the study of languages, recognizing outstanding ability and high standards of students and faculty of foreign languages, literatures and cultures. It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 60,000 members since its foundation in 1917, and it has created and supports numerous scholarship programs.

The World Languages Department employs one or two office assistants annually.

Professional Activities
Muskingum University French Education majors have attended and presented papers at the Ohio Foreign Language Association conference and have received scholarships to attend the conference

Internships (in English and French) and short-tern abroad are also available. Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more about the many exciting opportunities for travel and study open to all Muskingum students.

After Graduation
Career Possibilities for French Majors

  • Global human resources consultant
  • High School French teacher
  • ESL teacher
  • Graduate teaching assistant in French
  • Translator
  • Federal government employee
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Supplier to international relief organizations

Graduate Programs
Recent French graduates have enrolled in graduate programs at the following universities:

  • The University of Virginia
  • The University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Toledo
  • Campbell University Law School
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Xavier University
  • The University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • American University
  • University of Regensburg (Germany)
  • University of Pittsburgh
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