Jouwana Bzal '22 is this year's recipient of the $10,000 Benedict and Donna Zobrist Scholarship.
An entrée to the global marketplace
Although the French Department is fairly large for a college of Augustana’s size, your classes will be small, beginning through advanced, and the French faculty are accessible and (oh so) supportive.
The curriculum is flexible and rigorous, offering beginning-level language courses through advanced, composition and cultural studies, as well as advanced literature courses taught in French.
Choose a French major/minor or the major for teaching French in the secondary schools. (See also the new minor in linguistics.) Many students customize their future in interesting ways with a second major. Recent examples include art history, economics, international business, mathematics, pre-medicine and philosophy.
If your goal is graduate study in French, you’ll be prepared, and many gain entrance into some prestigious programs. Your French studies also can give you an edge for graduate school in library science, the health sciences, speech pathology and more.
You’ll find your knowledge of French language, culture and literature adds éclat to your résumé and skills for many careers, from education to medicine to business in the global marketplace.
• Six 2021 French majors were selected for the Teaching Assistant Program in France in 2021-2022. In addition to being paid to work and live in France, TAPIF participants can tap into a rich network of mentors and professional connections. The experience often is used as a springboard for taking classes at French universities. Some U.S. graduate programs such as the Professional French Masters Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison offer scholarships just for TAPIF alumni.
• During a six-week summer program with l’université de Bourgogne in Dijon, students can focus on intensive study of French language and culture with other international students. All classes are taught by native French speakers, and students also have the option of a home-stay with a French family.
• Many students of French use their Augie Choice $2,000 to study abroad in one of the college’s programs in France or Francophone countries, with options available every year.
• On-campus opportunities include French Club, the Table Française discussion group and the Francophone Film Festival. At the Soirée Française at the end of every term, students practice their public speaking and perform a reading, monologue, or short dialogue for an audience.
Shannon Rees ’21 is teaching English to middle and high school students in Orléans, France, through the Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF).
Courtney Wehmeier ’21 is the digital marketing coordinator for Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in Davenport, Iowa.
Kathryn Boyle ’21 is pursuing a master’s in speech-language pathology at Purdue University.
Alexis Jones '20 is pursuing a J.D. at the University of Iowa College of Law.
Alma Pizano-Onofre ’20 is an admissions counselor at Augustana College.
Eric Huizinga ’19 is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual in Arvada, Colo.
Natalie Spahn ’19 is a news reporter for WVIK Public Radio, Augustana College.
Haley Ruch ’19 is a project manager at Morningstar financial services in Chicago.
Rachel Buenaobra ’18 is a laboratory assistant at NICL Laboratories in Northbrook, Ill.
Jaime Schultz ’18 teaches at the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago.
Rachel Kammerzelt '18 is a consultant at Maven Wave, an Atos Company in Chicago.
“I'm also grateful for my professors for not stopping me from doing three Senior Inquiry projects at once. You're all wonderfully interesting and kind people.”Read More
“I am very thankful for Dr. Kosnick, for their fun and engaging classes, assisting me with getting internships, and helping me realize studying abroad in Pau, France, was possible.”Read More
“Studying abroad in Dijon, France, was easily the best experience of my life. This is the reason I applied to move to France to teach English after graduation.”Read More
Augustana's French department is making a name for itself in France. More graduating French majors than ever before have been selected for TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France).
Triple major Megan Hoppe '21 combined her research and sewing skills to create an unexpected honors project and "knocked it out of the park," in the words of her advisor.