Life after a French degree


IndustryFrance is the fifth largest economy in the world and plays a leading role in the world's largest market, the European Union.

Thousands of French companies have subsidiaries in the United States, and France is a major recipient of direct American investment. French-speaking countries and regions (Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Francophone Canada) are major trading partners for the United States. French multinational companies are leaders in aerospace (Airbus, EADS), construction (Bouygues), distribution (Carrefour), agribusiness (Yoplait, Danone), cosmetics (L'Oréal), luxury goods (LVMH), energy (Elf, Alsthom), pharmaceuticals (Sanofi-Aventis), advertising (Publicis), publishing (Hachette), etc.

  • Neil Bardach '96: Product Manager for Business Wire, Inc.
  • Joseph Berry '96: Managing Director at an investment bank
  • Michelle Brophy Campbell '96: Equity Investor
  • Carlin Calcaterra '10: Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs
  • Kim Drake Croney '90: Landscape design
  • Alexis Zackey Diallo '04: Financial Coordinator at the Cultural Data Project
  • Matthew Earley '89: Portfolio Manager
  • Scott Farrell '94: Senior Director of Business Development at BzzAgent
  • Whitney Brock Fershee '94: Client Operations Strategist at ShopperTrak
  • Caroline Garrett '00: Interior Designer at Evolve Architecture
  • Maurita Hewitt '09: Compliance Specialist for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • Scott Howard '03: Strategic Business Development for 3M
  • Abigail Jackson '92: Teacher and actress
  • Bradley J. Kurkowski '90: Private investor
  • Amy Hauser LaRosa '90: Managing Director at Accenture
  • Jennifer Loftus '00: Director of Finance at Tri Costal Design
  • Whitney Nash '04: Resident Services Manager for Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • Jonathan Oltman '96: Vice President at Harleysville Insurance
  • Kathleen Patterson '08: Marketing Project Manger at Oddo Securities
  • Andrew Park-Friend '04: Civil Engineer for FEMA
  • Nicole Pietrandrea Hough '95: Owner of Nicole Hough Designs, Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • George Trenchard '89: Senior Account Executive at MetLife
  • Tania Varela '10: Business Consultant for Kruger Corporation in Ecuador
  • Jayne Elise Wieboldt '88: Member of the Global Coverage Solutions team at an NYC-based French investment bank
  • Kristen Pearson Wolff '92: Skincare marketing for L'Oreal

Research and Teaching

ResearchFrench students improve their career prospects in research and technological professions. Many also choose to teach others the knowledge that they have learned.

France is a leader in genetics, molecular biology, and high-energy physics; it is a world leader in modern telecommunications. French engineers invented fiber optics and HDTV and designed and built the world's fastest passenger plane and train. French is consistently the second or third most important language of the Internet. Many students have gone on to become teachers of French and other subjects, as well as positions of leadership within schools and universities.

  • Jennifer Trow Amabile '96: Teaches beginner French to children ages 4-7
  • Cassie Andreychik '10: Medical Student at the Commonwealth Medical College
  • Sarah Ackley Aslick '93: Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at St. Mark's School
  • Cathy Richardson Brokaw '89: School Psychologist
  • Kim Cahill '89: Director of the Center for Global Leadership at the Villanova School of Business
  • Heather Shaw Clark '05: Assistant Director of Campaign & Special Events at The College of Saint Rose
  • Antonia Delgado-Poust '03: Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Mary Washington
  • Molly Koenig Deschenes '03: Graduate Student in Education at the University of California, San Diego
  • Aimee M. Gallagher '03: Doctoral candidate at The Pennsylvania State University
  • Katie Grimes '10: Graduate student in public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Melissa Hodge '10: Epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society
  • Laura Holmes '06: Alumni Development and Outreach Coordinator at American Councils for International Education
  • Kristen Hughes '06: Doctoral Candidate in Media and cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Jennifer Adrienne Johnson '01: Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Jody MacArthur Johnson '95: Assistant Director of Advancement at The Governor's Academy
  • Michele A. Kawood '03: Senior Language Testing Specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Sheree Anne Kelly '97: Vice President, Public Affairs Council and Executive Director at the Foundation for Public Affairs
  • Denis Kennedy '05: Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross
  • Kristina Kiisk '08: Graduate Student in French at West Virginia University
  • Layla Ffaxon Manganaro '94: Program Manager for The Ohio State University Institute for Materials Research
  • Lindsay C. Morton '05: Graduate student in social-personality psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY
  • Sarah Mournighan '03: Study Abroad Advisor at George Mason University
  • Joshua D. Saunders '95: Chief of Human Capital, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
  • Jocelyne Scott '11: Associate Instructor in Gender Studies at Indiana-University Bloomington
  • Ashley Shaw '08: Graduate student in marine biology at the College of Charleston
  • Kristen D. Shelly '08: Student Services Coordinator at Boston University MET International
  • Lisa Toccafondi Shutt '96: Director of Undergraduate Programs, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
  • Janelle Oltorik Wilkinson '93: Teaches French and dance at Princeton High School
  • Bethany Willinski '04: PhD Student in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Drew Wroblewski '08: Third year medical student
  • Hugh Young '92: Clinical psychologist


CultureBy studying French, students learn the second international language; French also is the most widely taught second language.

France has won more Nobel prizes in literature than any other country and is a leading center for research in the sciences and the humanities. It also is a leading producer of films in the world. Although American and French societies have much in common, French values and thought patterns are often distinctly different from ours, so that the study of these cultures opens up a new perspective on the world. Students increase their own sensitivity and awareness, discovering the truth in the saying "To know another language is to possess another soul."

  • Morgan Crosby '95: Global Director of AIRINC
  • Rachael English '02: Director of Training & Development for EF Foundation for Foreign Study
  • Sarah Klang-Glienna '02: Senior Project Manager in the Localization Industry
  • Meri Horn '05: Exhibition Manager for National Jewelry Institute
  • Nicholas McIlwain '01: Radio Producer for The Preston & Steve Show in Philadelphia
  • Micah Schweizer '00: Cultural Affairs and Production Director at Wyoming Public Media
  • Terri Shearer Trenchard '89: Stay-at-home mom who writes children's books
  • Suzie Yates Trexler '00: Organic family farmer
  • Melissa Funk Weller '95: Owner and Head Baker of East River Bread in Brooklyn, New York

Government, Health, and Law

GovernmentThe French language and culture

French, with English, is the most important language of international organizations (UN, UNESCO, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organization). It is prominent in international government and is important in healthcare as well. Learning about the French culture gives students a gateway into knowledge about other areas of the world, which helps people in all professions.

  • Jennifer Bucci '01: Senior Project Manager at Communications Impact, LLC
  • Sloane Fleckman Finn '96: Claims Director with ACE American Insurance Co.
  • Alexandra Fish '11: Graduate Student in Speech Language Pathology at Ithaca College
  • Erin Gannon '95: Assistant Consumer Advocate, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate
  • Laura Barney Helsing '04: Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department of the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA
  • Alison Hoffman '05: Immigration appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
  • Laura Householder '08: Recent Graduate of JD/MBA at the College of William & Mary
  • Kelley Inman '06: Attorney at the Law Offices of Frank F. Daily
  • Amy Jones '03: Physician Assistant in Dermatology
  • Liza Kabanova '08: Attorney
  • Julie E. Kyle '90: Veterinarian
  • Kari Panaccione '06: Law Clerk for a New Jersey Superior Court Judge
  • Lori Gegnas Paolella '90: Previously employed as a medical chemist at Merck and Pfizer
  • Susan Tonking '89: Assistant Director of Professional Development at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (Global law firm)
  • Kristi Yingling '02: Medical librarian at a nonprofit organization