Francophone Studies

Ripon College offers a minor in Francophone Studies.

The study of foreign languages develops students’ understanding of and appreciation for the world through the study of languages and literatures, linguistics and cultural phenomena. The Francophone Studies minor program provides students with cultural competency through courses taught in French and/or English, and focused on the Francophone world — including French-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. Developed with the objective to foster critical thinking and analysis, as well as other transferable skills taught in a liberal arts college, the courses offered in this program cover a wide range of disciplines: language, literature, arts and culture, film, history, women and gender, economy, politics and international relations, etc. The knowledge and skills acquired position our students to work for companies and agencies that serve the growing Francophone population in the United States and worldwide. Career opportunities expand to banking, international business, foreign service and governmental agencies, the military, and non-governmental organizations with international or intercultural orientation.