Our mission is to prepare students for a wide range of challenging academic, personal, and professional goals by teaching them to read attentively and critically and to convey complex ideas persuasively and creatively. Our students develop social and cultural awareness, curiosity, and the love of language by deepening their understanding of diverse literary works and the craft of writing. What is more, the department believes the education we provide cultivates in our students the habits of mind and spirit that enable and encourage productive, fulfilling lives.
What binds the multiple aspects of the Albion College English department together is a love of reading and writing sharpened by a firm commitment to the value and diversity of human experiences, voices, and literatures. Our students become attentive to details, to connections, to relationships. They grow accustomed to the rigor and difficulty of thinking and writing their way through complex problems shaped and solved by language. We believe that this combination of passion and commitment will enable the next generation of leaders and citizens not only to succeed in the world but to shape it.
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Potential Career Paths
The FACC Scholarship Program
The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, believes that college and university students in business studies and French language studies provide the foundation for the future growth of French-American business relations.
The purpose of the FACC scholarship program is to assist college and university students in Michigan who study business or business related courses and French language studies and who plan to combine French and business in their future career plans. Their scholarships range from $1,500 and up, based on merit, need, and the career goals of the student. Read more about the FACC scholarship program.
“What can I do with a French degree? Teach?”
This is what often comes to mind when thinking about how useful learning French is for your career.
At Albion College some of our majors have gone on to be teachers in high school, at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills for example, or at the university level, such as at Minnesota State University. But most of our majors and minors have done other things. And they are wide-ranging: Some majors, after studying French, have worked at a Club Med, at a youth hostel, and went on to law school to study equine law.
Most of our majors and minors combine the study of language and culture with other fields they have worked in, and have pursured career opportunities in the following areas:
Fulbright in teaching in Rwanda
Small business owner (bakery, online clothing store)
Teaching Assistant Program in France, sponsored by the French government
Teaching English (in Japan, Korea, France)
French tutor and physical therapist
French Consumer Service for Proctor and Gamble
US Immigration Services
Au pair (France, Luxembourg)
International recruiter in college admissions
Internship at Office of UN Political Affairs of the Bureau of International Organizations
Health and Government Sector Assistant at the DAI in Washington, D.C.
Texas Campaign for the Environment
Law School (equestrian, international, corporate, government)
Communications at the American University in Paris
Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Hubs at Michigan State University
Intercultural Communications program at American University
International Development at Monterrey Institute
Anthropology of Food at The Ohio State University
Social Work at University of Michigan
U.S. Senate staffer
Do you have questions about studying French and potential career paths? Please contact us!
High School Honor Band
The High School Honor Band provides talented student musicians with the opportunity to rehearse and perform some of the best in wind band literature (both new and old) within a traditional symphonic band setting comprised of other high school students from across the state of Michigan.
The High School Honor Band takes place on Friday, February 26 on the campus of Albion College. It begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration/check-in and light breakfast and concludes after our 7:00 p.m. evening concert.
Conducted by Director of Bands, Samuel McIlhagga, the band will meet for two major rehearsals and perform in concert that same evening with the Albion College Symphonic Band. With the event being only one day, we plan to select participants and assign/mail all parts ahead of time to allow students time to practice.
The group is open to all high school woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians. Please fill out the following form and return to
An Albion College education. It's hands-on. It's the liberal arts. It's career readiness. It's providing you the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need to succeed in college, in your career, and in your life.