Now spoken as a first or second language by more than 250 million people, French is one of the official languages of the United Nations. It is also the language of government, law, management, and business in many regions of the international community.
At Bryant, the French concentration and minor are designed to provide you with an advanced level of language proficiency and an understanding of the culture of France and French-speaking countries, which have produced rich national literatures and diverse cultures in Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean.
The French concentration and minor will improve your cross-cultural understanding and international awareness.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
A concentration or minor in French will prepare you to study, travel, and work in a variety of fields abroad. You will not only complete French language and culture courses but also take general liberal arts, business, and critical-thinking courses. Bryant graduates are accepted into prestigious graduate programs and law schools around the world.
The French faculty help students to grow linguistically as well as culturally, through on-campus events. Film festivals, concerts, lectures, and theatrical performances are designed to increase students' contact with native speakers from throughout the French-speaking world. Faculty research runs the gamut from classical theater and literature to contemporary issues such as politics and immigration, and serves to broaden students' global knowledge of French culture. Faculty also lead trips to Quebec City and Montreal and Sophomore International Experience trips to London and Paris.
A Feeling of Community
Nanelle Nortey '14
Path: Marketing, French
After a presentation about Bryant in her high school in Ghana, Africa, Nortey did research and spoke with current students.
“The small community where everyone is part of a family was the deciding factor,” she says.
Getting involved and utilizing services such as the Intercultural Center helped ease her transition to campus life. Nortey is an Orientation Leader and a Student Ambassador.
She finds the faculty friendly and down-to-earth. “You can easily talk to your professors about issues you are having in and out of class,” says Nortey, who is studying in France.
Mary A. LaMarca, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Modern Languages
LaMarca teaches courses ranging from “Intro to French Language and Culture” to “French for Business.” She recently accompanied Bryant students to London and Paris as part of the Sophomore International Experience. She has helped organize the Annual French Film Festival, is a sponsor of the French Club, teaches mini-sessions in French cooking as part of Language Day, and brought Franco-Canadian musicians, a rapper, and theater troupes to perform on campus. “For me, teaching is a vocation, not a job,” says LaMarca. “I feel lucky ever day that I work in a field that I love.”
AT HOME IN THE WORLD
Emmanuelle Calvet ’12
Path: MS in Public Health
With a team of college students from around the world, Calvet helped market, plan, and execute an international conference. Midway through her internship at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, she was promoted to group marketing director because of an idea she proposed.
“Bryant taught me well,” says Calvet. “I was able to think outside the box and develop a marketing strategy that reached a segment of the population the organization had never marketed to before.”
Fluent in French, Calvet completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State overseas before heading to graduate school. She is currently completing a Master of Science in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.