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

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major! French and Italian Studies majors go on to successful careers in business, academics, advocacy, politics, government, publishing, the arts, research, and much more.

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 and written communication skills
  • Cross-cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to speak another language


Interest Code: ASE


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Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs in French & Italian and Related Fields

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

Career Options

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 French and Italian Studies alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for French & Italian majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

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

Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales


  • Marketing Research Intern - Alliance Franchise
  • Executive Intern - Federal Executive Board of Minnesota
  • Event Planning Intern, Alliance Francaise Minneapolis St. Paul


  • 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


  • 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, Public Policy, & International Affairs


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


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


  • 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
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications


  • Communications - Remembering the Brave


  • 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


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


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


  • 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

*Further education and/or training is often required