What Can I Do With a Major In French & Italian Studies?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the French and Italian studies majors. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and French & Italian majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong verbal & written communication skills, critical thinking and creative problem-solving, and listening, clarifying, questioning & responding skills.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ASE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below. 

 

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Graduate Programs in French & Italian and Related Fields

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

  • MA, French Language & Literature - University of California-Berkeley
  • MA, International Leadership

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Marketing Research Intern - Alliance Franchise
  • Executive Intern - Federal Executive Board of Minnesota
  • Event Planning Intern, Alliance Francaise Minneapolis St. Paul
  • Style Guru Intern, CollegeFashionista
  • Marketing Intern, Blue Medora
  • Technician Contingent, Medtronic

Entry-Level

  • Operations Manager - The Wellbridge Company
  • Collections Manager - A.M. Miller and Associates
  • Brand Sales Representative - Planet Beach Contempo
  • Personal Supervisor - Insurance Services Office
  • Account Executive - Campbell Mithun
  • Instructional Designer and Project Manager - Eteefy, LLC

Experienced

  • Human Resource Specialist - University of Minnesota*
  • President - RSVP Vacations
  • Owner - Boom!
  • Project Manager - LogicBay
  • Brand Development Supervisor - Clarity Coverdale Fury
  • Director of Italian Adult Programs
  • Marketing Manager - Furniture*
  • Broker - Coldwell Banker
  • Managing Director - Olson*
  • Content Program Manager (Consultant) - Deluxe Corporation
  • Director Assistant, Business Partnerships and Negotiation - Target
  • Consultant - Wiser Wolf
  • Founder - Nexus2Nexus
  • Manager - Accenture
  • President - ACTHA*
  • Business Lead - Public Works
  • Program Manager - Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions
  • Sales Administrator - Garven, LLC

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Human Factors & Ergonomics
  • MBA, IT Management
  • MSc, International Business and Emerging Markets
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Marketing and Program Assistant, World Endeavors
  • Model United Nations Intern - United Nations
  • Refugee & Immigrant Program Intern - The Advocates for Human Rights

Entry-Level

  • Legal Secretary - State of Minnesota Board of Public Defenders
  • Volunteer - Peace Corps

Experienced

  • Employee Relations Attorney - Life Time Fitness*
  • Senior Corporate Counsel - Exemplis Corporation*
  • Employment Law - Tressler LLP*
  • Program Development & Contract Coordinator - ACCENT International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad
Communications & Media

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Communications - Remembering the Brave
  • Studio Management Intern, Frontlove Letterpress Studio

Experienced

  • Director of Communications - Crossroads Community Church
  • Anchor - KCRG
  • Network Correspondent - CBS News
  • Communications & Administrative Manager - NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
  • Associate Editor - World Languages

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Organizational Leadership & Communications
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • French Teaching Intern, Alliance Francaise of Chicago
  • Undergraduate Intern & Support Group Co-Facilitator - Neighborhood Involvement Program

Entry-Level

  • Teacher - LCI Kids Club
  • Assistant Language Director - Monterey-Middlebury Language Academy
  • Independent Contractor, Voice and Piano Teacher - Traveling Teachers

Experienced

  • Voice Instructor - MacPhail Center for Music
  • Career Planning Course Instructor - University of Minnesota*
  • English Teacher - European Teaching Program*
  • French Instructor - St. Paul Public Schools*
  • Ell Teacher - Minnesota Transitions Charter School*
  • English Language Teacher - Babob Training Resource Center*
  • Language Assistant - Académie d'Aix-Marseille
  • Program Manager, Communication Services, University Relations - University of St. Thomas
  • Senior Academic Advisor - University of Minnesota*
  • Student Services Professional - University of Minnesota
  • Instructor and Instructional Designer - University of Minnesota*

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Educational Psychology
  • MA, English as a Second Language

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.