Interested in French? You can learn more than a new language at Lyon College. You will gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and learn about a variety of French-speaking cultures. Through literary analysis and studying abroad, you can connect your personal passions with the larger world. Lyon prepares French majors and minors for graduate school, teaching, and a range of professions, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Lyon’s close community is perfect for learning another language. Small class sizes, student-faculty mentorships, and weekly conversation sessions help students improve their oral and written French skills. Lyon also has an exchange program at the Centre de Francais Langue Etrangere in Poitiers, France. Students can study in France for a semester or a year while taking courses with the Université de Poitiers.
Dr. James Martell, Dr. Awah Mfossi Sidjeck
Learning French doesn’t just happen in the classroom. The French Club offers many activities for students. These include trips to New Orleans and the Memphis opera and events like Crepe Days and masquerades. The Lyon Film Cycle shows multiple European films each semester. Presentations and discussions follow the film. You can also attend the weekly Pause Café, where students discuss cultural and everyday events.
“Learning another language is such an enriching experience,” says French major Raleigh Jeffrey, ’20.
He has a well-rounded knowledge of the French language and culture thanks to his classes and is building on that foundation by studying abroad in France.
“Lyon has given me the skills needed to communicate in a foreign environment with ease,” Jeffrey says. “The enthusiasm of the French professors is invigorating in a way that consistently pushes me to do my best and to learn more.”
Lyon alumni have attended graduate school programs, both for M.A.s and Phds, at excellent institutions like Louisiana State University and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.
Students need a minimum of 31 credits beyond the 100-level to finish the major. As many as 6 of these credits can be taken during a summer abroad in France or a French-speaking country and as many as 15 credits can be taken during a semester abroad.
View a full listing of French courses.
Careers for French majors and minors include French language instructors, translators, and interpreters, as well as a variety of careers in French and Francophone speaking countries and regions.
High School Teacher- $48,000
Executive Assistant- $55,000
Program Coordinator- $42,000
Account Manager- $54,000
For more information on admissions to Lyon College, visit our Admissions page.
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