Bachelor of Arts (teaching certification in grades P-12 available)
At a Glance
One of the best ways to make your liberal education count around the world is to study in our Foreign Languages department, which offers majors in French, Spanish and German. The classes are capped at 25 students and taught in the target language, so students really immerse themselves in all aspects of a foreign culture. The department also offers events in film and literature and study abroad programs in France, Costa Rica and Germany. Graduates have special opportunities for fellowships, as well as advanced programs in international business, governmental agencies and teaching. The world is truly your oyster!
Why should I choose UWG's French program?
- Small class sizes ensure intimate, personalized classroom environments where students can show their creativity and hone their critical thinking skills.
- Graduates have gone on to present at state and national conferences, and one was awarded Most Promising New Teacher by the Foreign Language Association of Georgia.
- Faculty are active in national and international organizations and present and publish in a variety of disciplines.
- Faculty active in interdisciplinary, film and cultural studies.
- Numerous opportunities for extracurricular activities: Pause-cafe (weekly conversation hour), Francophone film series, trips to Atlanta for Francophone theater and art exhibitions from the French-speaking world, French food tasting.
Are there any special opportunities available?
- Summer study abroad program in Tours, France. Students stay with host families, take accelerated French courses at the Institut de Touraine, and go on unforgettable trips to the Loire Valley and Paris.
- Opportunities to gain experience in rural, semi-rural and urban schools at all grade levels.
- Opportunities to intern with teachers known at the state level in their field.
- Students may participate in the International Economic Affairs and Global Studies majors.
What can I do after graduation, graduate school and job-wise?
- Teach K-12 French: Graduates have taken jobs in Carroll County, Douglas County, Atlanta, Fulton County, Paulding County, Fayette County, Haralson County, Heard County and more.
- Many start working prior to the completion of their certification due to the critical shortage of language teachers.
- Added to degrees in medical, business, education, and other fields, French increases job options and distinguishes graduates in an increasingly competitive job market.
- Foreign service: The U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. State Department, CIA, and FBI all value competency in languages such as French when recruiting.
- Working for a company in French-speaking Europe, North America, or Africa.
- Working as translator or interpreter for a news agency, government, humanitarian organization, or company.
- Some UWG graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in French.
What kind of student organizations, clubs or honorary societies can I join?
- French Club
- Foreign Language Association of Georgia
Phi Sigma Iota
What kind of facilities and equipment will be made available to me?
- Language lab
- Smart classrooms
- Some online components to courses
Does the faculty specialize in certain areas?
- 19th and 20th century poetry
- Literature and the visual arts
- Film studies
- Gender and fiction
- Women's writing
- Early modern literature
- History of the book
- Language pedagogy
- Contemporary French poetry
- Contemporary French civilization
- Renaissance French literature