The study of foreign languages develops students’ understanding of themselves as world citizens and an appreciation for the world through the study of languages and literatures, linguistics and cultural phenomena. The Francophone Studies minor provides students with cultural competency through courses taught in French and/or English, and focused on the Francophone world — including French-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

Courses in this program foster critical thinking and analysis and cover a wide range of disciplines: language, literature, arts and culture, film, history, women and gender, economy, politics and international relations.

Ripon College offers majors in foreign languages and in Spanish; and minors in Classical Studies; Ancient, Renaissance and Medieval Studies; Francophone studies; French; and Spanish.

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Franzen Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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20 credits including a minimum of four credits and a maximum of 12 credits of courses in French beyond FRE 111, starting with the course in which students are placed by the online placement evaluation. Depending on the number of credits taken in French language courses, between 8 and 16 credits of courses in Francophone Studies are required. Students who register for a minor in Francophone Studies are not allowed to pursue a minor in French at the same time. Course work completed in a French-speaking country, either through an In Focus course or a Ripon College-approved study-abroad program, may be applied toward the French minor upon approval by the members of the French program. Students should consult with their advisor in Francophone Studies before departure about possible courses of study. Retroactive Credits do not count toward the minor. Jean-Blaise Samou is the advisor for the minor in Francophone Studies

Career Tracks

Students who have completed a Francophone Studies minor are positioned to work for companies and agencies that serve the growing Francophone population in the United States and worldwide. Career opportunities extend to banking, international business, foreign service and governmental agencies, the military, and non-governmental organizations with international or intercultural orientation.

Foreign language study can lead to careers in a variety of areas, including government, industry and commerce, travel and tourism, interpretation/translation, service, education, arts, media and entertainment.

Some French, Latin and Spanish graduates from Ripon College have gone on to graduate work in their languages. Others have continued their studies in other fields, such as communication studies, nonprofit management, international relations, medicine school, public policy and theology.

Unique Opportunities

  • College faculty members regularly lead Liberal Arts In Focus study and other travel experiences.