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An entrée to the global marketplace

Although the French Department is fairly large for a college of Augustana’s size, your classes will be small, beginning through advanced, and the French faculty are accessible and (oh so) supportive.

The curriculum is flexible and rigorous, offering beginning-level language courses through advanced, composition and cultural studies, as well as advanced literature courses taught in French.

Choose a French major/minor or the major for teaching French in the secondary schools. (See also the new minor in linguistics.) Many students customize their future in interesting ways with a second major. Recent examples include art history, economics, international business, mathematics, pre-medicine and philosophy.

If your goal is graduate study in French, you’ll be prepared, and many gain entrance into some prestigious programs. Your French studies also can give you an edge for graduate school in library science, the health sciences, speech pathology and more.

You’ll find your knowledge of French language, culture and literature adds éclat to your résumé and skills for many careers, from education to medicine to business in the global marketplace.

What you'll learn

Disciplinary knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge

Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.

Communication competence

Communication competence

Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.

Intercultural competence

Intercultural competence

Understand real and imaginary similarities and differences. Use more than one perspective to view issues.

Creative thinking

Creative thinking

Combine ideas to create something new. Use imaginative ways of solving problems.

Intellectual curiosity

Intellectual curiosity

Set yourself up for lifelong intellectual growth. Take responsibility for your own learning.


Six 2021 French majors were selected for the Teaching Assistant Program in France in 2021-2022. In addition to being paid to work and live in France, TAPIF participants can tap into a rich network of mentors and professional connections. The experience often is used as a springboard for taking classes at French universities. Some U.S. graduate programs such as the Professional French Masters Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison offer scholarships just for TAPIF alumni.

• During a six-week summer program with l’université de Bourgogne in Dijon, students can focus on intensive study of French language and culture with other international students. All classes are taught by native French speakers, and students also have the option of a home-stay with a French family.

• Many students of French use their Augie Choice $2,000 to study abroad in one of the college’s programs in France or Francophone countries, with options available every year.

On-campus opportunities include French Club, the Table Française discussion group and the Francophone Film Festival. At the Soirée Française at the end of every term, students practice their public speaking and perform a reading, monologue, or short dialogue for an audience.

Recent grads

Shannon Rees ’21 is teaching English to middle and high school students in Orléans, France, through the Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF).

Courtney Wehmeier ’21 is the digital marketing coordinator for Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in Davenport, Iowa.

Kathryn Boyle ’21 is pursuing a master’s in speech-language pathology at Purdue University.

Alexis Jones '20 is pursuing a J.D. at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Alma Pizano-Onofre ’20 is an admissions counselor at Augustana College.

Eric Huizinga ’19 is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual in Arvada, Colo.

Natalie Spahn ’19 is a news reporter for WVIK Public Radio, Augustana College.

Haley Ruch ’19 is a project manager at Morningstar financial services in Chicago.

Rachel Buenaobra ’18 is a laboratory assistant at NICL Laboratories in Northbrook, Ill.

Jaime Schultz ’18 teaches at the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago.

Rachel Kammerzelt '18 is a consultant at Maven Wave, an Atos Company in Chicago.

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More Than I Imagined Alli Kestler
“I'm also grateful for my professors for not stopping me from doing three Senior Inquiry projects at once. You're all wonderfully interesting and kind people.”
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Morgan Lynch
More Than I Imagined Morgan Lynch
“I am very thankful for Dr. Kosnick, for their fun and engaging classes, assisting me with getting internships, and helping me realize studying abroad in Pau, France, was possible.”
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More Than I Imagined Emily Minarik
“Studying abroad in Dijon, France, was easily the best experience of my life. This is the reason I applied to move to France to teach English after graduation.”
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Posters of French films

Film fest brings French cinema to campus in February-March

The annual Francophone Film Festival at Augustana will screen a film each Thursday from Feb. 16-March 16. Films are free and open to the public, in French with English subtitles.


Students discover new perspectives, friends and adventures on travels abroad

Dozens of Augustana students experienced a new culture during the 2022 spring semester and earlier this summer. Find out which Italian sandwich shop now displays an Augustana pennant.


Jouwana Bzal receives annual $10,000 Zobrist Scholarship

Jouwana Bzal '22 is this year's recipient of the $10,000 Benedict and Donna Zobrist Scholarship.