Major Areas of Study: FRENCH
The French program at Muskingum University centers on the study of the French language, the literary and artistic production of French-speaking cultures, and increasingly, the practical applications of French within the global economy.
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 Language Department employs approximately five language students annually. Positions include student Administrative Assistant; Language Laboratory Assistant, and Language Laboratory Manager.
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.
Muskingum University has had an exchange program with the Universite du Sud Toulon-Var 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.
Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more about the many exciting opportunities for travel and study open to all Muskingum students.
Student Stories: Current and Recent Students
- French teacher licensure candidate Curtis Justis (‘14) won an Ohio Foreign Language Association scholarship for support for study abroad in the amount of $1,000. He is using it in fall, 2012 to study at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var in France. Curtis has also held an internship in the World Language department in which he assisted with French and ESL classes. In addition, Curtis won a scholarship to attend the Ohio Foreign Language Association Conference March 29-31 in Columbus. The conference is for language teachers from across Ohio. As a French licensure candidate, Curtis attended conference sessions on topics related to his teaching interests. Curtis was recognized for his award at a banquet on Mar. 31 along with scholarship winners from other Ohio universities.
- John Jeffers (’13), a French major and Spanish minor, attended the symposium Identity, History, Legacy: Free People of Color in Louisiana , held in New Orleans in February, 2011. In 2012 he pursued his research interest in the French language in North America by conducting an independent research study on the Acadian diaspora. John also plays varsity soccer and is the drummer for a local jazz and rock band. He plans to study for a semester at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var.
- Lauren Landuyt ('13) studied at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var in Toulon, France in spring, 2011. Lauren is an Early Childhood Education major minoring in French. She is the manager of the French House for the 2012-13 school year and President of the French Club. She also holds an office in the Muskingum Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honorary chapter.
Hannah Lewis (’12), Katie McCarrell (’12), Claire Landuyt, and Megan Wilson (’12) also studied at USTV in Spring, 2011. Lewis majored in French and English with a Spanish minor; McCarrell in Computer Science and French, and Wilson in Psychology and French. Each took intensive French language and culture courses in France, as well as electives of their choice.
- Emily Preston (’12), a French and International Affairs major, participated in Muskingum’s Washington Semester program. As part of her InterFaith Conference Internship in Washington D.C., Emily organized a public dialogue for the IFC of Metropolitan Washington. The dialogue was about the uses of and meanings behind the swastika, from the viewpoints of Eastern religions (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain), the Jewish community, and from an academic perspective that explains the reasons behind Germany's use of the swastika. She has been a French House resident for two and a half years. She held offices in the French Club (Treasurer) and Phi Sigma Iota (Vice-President). She has also been a regular columnist for the Black and Magenta and a varsity soccer player. Emily studied at l’Université du Sud Toulon-Var in France for a semester and traveled to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus during her Washington Semester program on international conflict resolution.
- Tanner MacLaine (’12) attended the 2nd Annual Ohio Global Summit on Wednesday, August 26, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. The full-day program covered topics on global trade opportunities, regulations and logistics, as well as keys to successful strategies for foreign direct investment attraction. The program was sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development's Global Markets Division. Governor Ted Strickland presented the annual Governor's Excellence in Exporting Awards during the Summit, to Ohio-based companies and organizations that have achieved international success. As an International Business and International Affairs major, Tanner got exposure to both areas. He met diplomats from India, China, and Brazil as well as international business leaders.
- Allison Maykuth (’11), won a prestigious Phi Sigma Iota award, and has been awarded the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship in the sum of $2,500 (the highest stipend a Muskingum language major has ever received for winning a national PSI award). Allison majored in French and Spanish at Muskingum, studying in France and Mexico. She was recognized for “Distinction in the Major Capstone” for her Senior Seminar in Spanish, was a recipient of a Fourth-Year award (recognizing students in the top 5% of their class all four years at Muskingum), and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the National Academic Honor Society. She served as President of Muskingum's Phi Sigma Iota chapter, and wrote for the Black and Magenta, Muskingum's weekly student newspaper. Allison is completing a Master's degree in International Affairs with a specialization in Intelligence and Security.
- Chelsea Ferguson (’09) has worked with a global humanitarian aid organization since graduating and traveled to several French-speaking countries. Among the many projects in which she was involved around the world, she served as a translator for her trips to Senegal, Guinea, and France. She also did set-up work (phone calls, translating e-mails, etc.) for trips to Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Benin, and Gabon. At Muskingum, Chelsea majored in Education and minored in French. She studied at the Université du Sud Toulon Var in France for a semester and was a member of the Education and Foreign Language honoraries.
- Caitlin (Lewis) Dawson (’05) graduated with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. She taught English in France for a year after graduation and worked as Office Manager at JAO Wine Imports in McLean, VA, where she regularly used her French language skills. She is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a degree in their Professional French Masters Program.
Career Possibilities for French Majors
- Global human resources consultant
- High School French teacher
- ESL teacher in the US, France, and Japan
- Graduate teaching assistant in French
- Federal government employee
- Peace Corps volunteer
- Supplier to international relief organizations
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