Our alumni have found success in many different careers, traveled to countries across the globe, and built upon their language skills and the strong foundation of an IU liberal arts education. Many have now distinguished themselves in a variety of professions.
Our 2016 BA graduates are a diverse and enthusiastic group, eager to delve into a variety of projects after leaving IU. Macaria O’Connell, a double-major in French and Apparel Merchandising, plans to work with small, fair trade vendors as a clothing buyer, and she thinks her French will certainly come in handy working with West African artisans. Emily Ellis (BA Italian and Political Science), who raved about her time in Bologna, plans to go into the family business, railroad management. Maeve Bartiss, who received degrees in both French and Human Biology, has been accepted to attend medical school and hopes to work with Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) one day. Jad Labban paired his studies with LAMP, the Liberal Arts and Management Program , to prepare for a career in business. He will first spend 7 months in Lyon as an English teaching assistant as part of the TAPIF program, like several other French BA graduates.
Our MA and PhD students have also gone on to successful careers. Our MA graduates have obtained jobs in business, education, and diplomacy, among other fields. You’ll find IU PhD graduates in French and Italian on the faculty at a variety of institutions, ranging from small colleges like Davidson to ivy league universities like Yale. Mary Vogl (PhD, French literature ’98) is Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Colorado State. Manuela Gieri (PhD, Italian ’89) is a well-known scholar of Italian cinema who is professor at Università degli studi della Basilicata in Potenza, Italy. Sometimes artistic talents dictate a future career, such as for Chris Lysack (PhD, French literature ’14), who is a professional opera singer in Aachen, Germany. .
To maintain the superior quality of our educational programs we depend on the support of our alumni and friends. Without your generosity, we would be unable to provide the unique opportunities which make the Department of French and Italian at IU one of the most vibrant in the country.
We love to hear from our alumni since many of you pursue exciting endeavors after graduating from IU. Please send us a quick email and let us know what you are up to!