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Sciences Po – Saint Germain-en-Laye

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Posted: September 9th, 2019 by meemery

“What our students rapidly understand is that double majoring in French is a very good idea that will help them achieve the type of career and life they wish for, whatever these are. Truly, majoring in French provides students with skills that are tremendously helpful and marketable regardless of the job or career they choose, and whether or not they will ever speak French after graduation: the ability to adapt and function in unfamiliar environments and new situations; to communicate well with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds; to negotiate difficult, abstract tasks with an acute sense of initiative and creativity; to analyze, evaluate, and assess cultural differences in professional settings; to manipulate fiction and reality; and to apply the skills of critical thinking, reading, writing, and synthesizing information.” Alain-Philippe Durand (Dean, College of Humanities, University of Arizona), “A Certain Tendancy of French/Francophone Studies in the United States,” The French Review 86.6 (May 2013): 1101-1112.

“To really ‘get’ who is on the other side of the table, we need some grasp of much more than language: . . . history, philosophy, and cultural anthropology to name no more.” Richard Brodhead (President, Duke University), “Advocating for the Humanities,” Duke Today (March 19, 2012) <https://today.duke.edu/2012/03/humanitiestalk/>

According to AAC&U and NACE, the skills most sought after by employers include: problem solving, innovation and creativity, analytical reasoning, communication, intercultural competency, information literacy, teamwork, critical thinking, technological skills, leadership, and quantitative reasoning. (Hart Research Associates. 2015. “Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success.” Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities; National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). “Job Outlook 2017.” Bethlehem, PA. November 2016.)

Testimonials: https://www.uvm.edu/cas/rll/alumni_outcomes

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