BA, Double Major in Philosophy & Francophone Studies
Sewanee: The University of the South
It’s remarkable how the language skills learned at Middlebury can open doors for our students. Albert Clairmont came to Middlebury in summer 2009 to study French. The language skills Albert learned enabled him to travel to Morocco and work as a translator for researchers studying clandestine migration, a topic he’d developed an interest in while at Middlebury.
Albert is quick to point out the role Middlebury’s unique environment played in his rapid language acquisition. “I doubt that there’s any other environment in which you could meet so many people with common interests,” he says. After finishing his MA, Albert intends to pursue a career in translation.
Ellen Sander considered other programs before coming to Middlebury. She even began graduate studies at another college. But in the end, she earned her MA here. One reason is the breadth of curriculum offered to graduate students in French.
"I found the Francophone component very attractive," Ellen says. "Middlebury not only offered courses in African literature, but they incorporated African studies, African politics, and African economics."
Learning about Francophone culture while building stronger language skills has helped Ellen prepare for the next phase of her life. "I'd like to use the knowledge I've gained here to work with educational programs in Africa and perhaps the Caribbean," she says. "I'd also like to include some form of documentation, either with photography or perhaps short films addressing specific issues or concerns."