why study french at stirling?
A language degree is highly valued by employers across a range of sectors. year after year, graduates are near the top of league tables in terms of graduate employability. our language graduates develop excellent oral and written skills, independence and self-reliance, and confidence in dealing with a variety of people, situations and cultures. according to recent statistics (unistats 2012) more than 85% of language graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs in the uk and abroad including advertising; banking; librarianship; management; marketing; public relations; publishing; teaching (both of french and english as a foreign language); translation and interpreting.
at stirling, french is studied as a world language, with an emphasis on france's key role within the european union and on its colonial legacy in africa, the caribbean, asia, and north america. we produce graduates with a high level of competence in french spoken and written language, and a good understanding of contemporary french and francophone culture and society. undergraduate modules concentrate on 20th/21st century france - its language, history, society, literature, art, film and business - and the wider 'francophone world'.
In addition, the french courses provide students with skills for clear and critical thinking and the ability to present ideas in an ordered and convincing way. on most degree programmes involving french, semester 6 is spent at a university in france, quebec, switzerland or morocco, and there is also the option of intercalating an entire academic session in a french-speaking country. students on all our degree programmes also have the opportunity to apply for a british council english language assistantship between their 2nd and 3rd year of study which involves paid english-language teaching, usually in a secondary school, in france or another french-speaking country.
French staff have a diverse range of research specialisms, including literature (particularly 20th and 21st century), cinema (from the beginnings to the present), history, and popular culture of france, canada/quebec, and francophone africa, and we warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate supervision on these subjects at master's and phd levels. staff contact details and further information regarding individual areas of expertise can be found under 'literature and languages' here.