Karen Erickson, Chair, Languages & Cultures
Office: Quad 255B
Phone: (320) 363-3074
11 Top Reasons To Take French
- Be understood in 43 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people.
- Knowing French makes you more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, automotive, distribution and luxury goods.
- As the third most common language on the Internet, you can connect with pen pals, visit foreign websites and find exchange student opportunities.
- You will develop your critical, creative thinking and problem solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which can help you perform better on standardized tests.
- Open the doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture and literature.
- Learning French helps you learn other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
- Enhance your travel experiences while discovering a new appreciation for other cultures in countries like: France, Canada, Switzerland Monaco and many African nations [as well as in the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Indian Ocean territories].
- Use French to pursue studies [or service work] in francophone countries.
- French is a soft, melodious, romantic language with a relatively quick learning curve.
- Promote language diversity throughout the world.
- French is an official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!
(From American Association of Teachers of French: www.theworldspeaksfrench.org/reasons.html)
Michael J. K. Brookman, French major '12, spent the Fall 2011 semester at the Collège International de Cannes and returned to Cannes following graduation. He worked as cultural assistant, a job that allowed him to continue to improve his French fluency. Michael writes: "My goal is to find employment as a translator/interpreter, preferably in Europe. I am of ghaniaian origin but I feel like I live in three worlds because of my experience with languages and the doors it has opened for me."