The French program at Saint Louis University offers a wide variety of courses aimed at mastering the French language and understanding French-speaking cultures.
The French experience at SLU extends beyond the classroom walls: we offer frequent “activités cuturelles” open to all levels, and we host a chapter of the national French Honor Society Pi Delta Phi. Our study abroad opportunities include semester- and year-long options in Poitiers and Lyon, France.
Majors: French, International Studies Minors: Political Science, WGS
Favorite French class: Women and Global Issues
Career interest: Working with an advocacy or non-governmental agency that helps migrants
Salut! I am a senior majoring in French and International Studies, with minors in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies. Although I live in the greater St. Louis region, I like to call Zacatecas, Mexico home, since I spent much of my childhood there. My love for French started in high school, and it has only grown since, thanks to SLU. I am also very passionate about traveling, which is why I spent my junior year studying in Lyon, France. I was able to travel through 21 different cities in 9 different countries. My favorite was city was Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, a francophone country.
After my time abroad, I came back to the United States for a research internship through the McNair Scholars Program. I was able to study a new side of French culture by researching the new asylum and immigration laws being added to the French constitution. In the future I hope to pursue a career that has direct involvement with migration and refugees. In the meantime, I am looking at Migration Studies Master's programs.
Title of LLC symposium paper: “Jean Renoir, le vrai poète du cinéma”
Bonjour! My name is Samantha Sudduth, and I will be graduating this spring as a dual major in French and Communication Sciences & Disorders. After graduation, I’ll be spending a year as an English as a Second Language assistant in Annecy, France through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to France and to utilize my passion for French in order to help students in the process of foreign language acquisition. After TAPIF, I have plans to obtain my Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Missouri State University.
The chance to study French here at SLU has truly been the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only has it better prepared me for my career as a speech pathologist by deepening my understanding of phonology, syntax, language, and communication, but it has also expanded my perspective and encouraged me to take a more active interest in cultures, peoples, and events that fall outside of my immediate experience. It may sound somewhat ironic, but the joy of discovery that learning a second language has brought me is something I simply can’t put into words, neither in English nor in French! All I can say is that learning French has been one of the most fulfilling and enriching adventures in my life, and I can’t wait to continue that adventure in Annecy this fall!