French | Winthrop University


Bachelor of Arts

Through foreign language study, students acquire the vitally important communication skills that are needed in an increasingly interconnected world. Winthrop's Department of World Languages and Cultures offers students the opportunity to expand their horizons. Students receive balanced instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, in addition to having the chance to study the culture, history and literature of the countries where French is spoken.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Businessolver
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Chesser & Barr, P.A.
  • Gulf Relay
  • Main Street Home Loans
  • McGill University School of Continuing Studies
  • Modern Muffin
  • MSS Solutions, LLC
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
  • Penn State University
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • PowerSchool Group LLC
  • Signature Consultants
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • South Carolina State Museum
  • State of South Carolina
  • Teradata
  • TSP Companies
  • UM Worldwide
  • University of South Carolina

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Actor
  • Advisor for Academic English (Dept. of Social Work and Health)
  • Associate Professor-Spanish
  • Business Administrator
  • Captain, Judge Advocate
  • CEO and Founder
  • Co-Founder and Director
  • Consultant
  • Contract Trainer
  • Contractor-IT Project Manager IV
  • Data Analyst
  • Director - Office of Personalized Learning
  • Director of Communications
  • Director Of Residence Life
  • Director/HR Business Partner - COO
  • Educator
  • Equity Options Trader
  • Executive Director
  • French Teacher
  • Regional Director of Financial Aid

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Higher Education
  2. Education Management
  3. Financial Services
  4. Information Technology and Services
  5. Professional Training & Coaching
  6. Retail
  7. Government Administration
  8. Food & Beverages
  9. Education Administration Programs
  10. Consumer Goods

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages may choose French, Spanish, or Certification as School Teacher K-12 with a French or Spanish emphasis.

    With a major in a foreign language, students can offer a potential employer unique skills that are more and more in demand. Students are encouraged to complement their language study with a concentration in business, or the liberal or fine arts. The growth of international business and the need for employees with a global perspective serve to make graduates in foreign languages highly sought in the job market. For those who prefer to stay in an academic setting, an undergraduate concentration in a foreign language opens the way for graduate studies in teaching English to speakers of other languages, traditional graduate programs in a foreign language, law, political science, and many other graduate degrees.


    Students who wish to pursue a career as a French teacher can graduate with a B.A. in Modern Languages and their K-12 teacher certification through the College of Education.


Why Winthrop?

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Increased Opportunities

Bilingual job opportunities have doubled and pay 5-20 percent more per year.

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Life Skills Development

Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and partake in local and international internships for cultural and linguistic immersion.

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Added Benefits

World languages enhance any other major and develop exceptional critical thinking and communication skills.

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Beyond Graduation

"My degree in languages has helped me more in my career than I could ever imagine. My studies at Winthrop helped me broaden my horizon in life, all while gaining an understanding and command of the Spanish language."

world languages alum