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  • Off-Campus Study



Ripon College offers a minor in French.

The study of foreign languages develops students’ understanding of and appreciation for the world through the study of languages and literatures, linguistics and cultural phenomena. The French minor is designed for students with an interest in French and Francophone people and organizations. It provides students with the skills needed to communicate with native speakers of French at least at the mid-intermediate range. All students are encouraged to develop a more advanced level of proficiency by taking more courses than the minimum required and by studying in a French-speaking country through an approved study-abroad program or an In-Focus program. Individual courses provide students with opportunities to connect with French-speaking cultures through texts and other documents, and interact with each other and with native speakers of French using technology and the social media. In addition to a linguistic competence in the French language, the minor in French gives students a cultural understanding of the French-speaking world and its diversity, and introduces them to current international issues. The topics examined in French courses can appeal to students interested not only in international affairs, but also in business, medicine, law, women’s studies, history, education, literature, cinema, the arts, and environmental issues.

Program Spotlight


Dominique Poncelet
Jean-Blaise Samou

Jean-Blaise Samou

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

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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. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. 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. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning 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.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

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.

Language graduates from Ripon College have gone on to graduate work in their languages, including Amanda McDonald, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Others have continued their studies in other fields: Lucy Burgchardt ’10 received a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in England and is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Theresa Kedinger ’10, is studying nonprofit management at Marquette; Katy Heng ’10 is working on a graduate degree in international relations; Cassondra Meyer ’10 and Rachel Resop ’08 are in medical school; Tanya Garret ’06 earned a graduate degree in public policy; James Hein ’08 earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary; and Shanna Bude ’10 has earned a master’s degree from Garrett Theological Seminar. Larry Honaker ’11 and Elizabeth Knauz ’10 are teaching English in France.

Those heading directly into the workforce have taken many directions, including teaching, the law, accounting, law enforcement and business.

Off-Campus Study

For those who study French, Ripon College sponsors semester- and year-long study abroad experiences in Paris and in Montpellier, a smaller town in southern France. During these trips, students live with French families while taking university courses.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.