French Covers the World
French is Part of Your Heritage
Testimonial from alumna Jessica Reuther (2004)
"I graduated in 2004 with degrees in French and International Studies. As an alumnus, I just wanted to let you know how I am using both my degrees on a daily basis ten years later. I am currently a doctoral candidate at Emory University in the History Department. I specialize in modern African history with an emphasis in francophone West Africa. During AY 2013-2014, I am conducting my dissertation research in four francophone countries: Benin, Senegal, France, and Switzerland. My dissertation is tentatively entitled, Vulnerable Subjects: Child Protection, French Colonial Law and International Humanitarianism in Southern Dahomey, 1920s-1950s . I am thankful for the skills I learned while at SLU on a daily basis. Without advanced proficiency in French I would never be able to conduct research in Benin - my Fon-gbe skills are not very great! I use my French in the archives, during interviews, and just navigating daily life. Before pursuing a degree in international studies at SLU, I had never been abroad nor had I been particularly interested in the world at-large. I wanted to thank you for giving me the basis in French and my first experience living abroad that I needed to achieve my professional goals. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate my degrees and all of your (and other faculty members') dedication to mentor undergraduate students. Please pass along my gratitude to Drs. Smart, Perraudin, and Llewellyn. Ten years ago I had no idea what I planned to do with my degrees and it took me some time to decide, but I have found a career path I find challenging, rewarding, and fulfilling."