Assistance each step of the way

We offer guidance all through the process of pursuing your goals in French and Italian. We know that students benefit from conversation and planning, and we encourage you to draw on the expertise of the people listed below.

Academic advisor

Our undergraduate academic advisor can help you navigate through the university. She understands the systems and procedures you will encounter and can help you plan a course of study that allows you to meet personal and academic goals.

Contact the academic advisor to declare a major, certificate, or minor, and to discuss procedural requirements for your degree. Especially for the major, please meet with both the academic advisor and the director of undergraduate studies (see below.)

You can make an appointment with Natalie Techentin via the Student Appointment Scheduler (SAS).

Directors of undergraduate studies

Our faculty members who serve as directors of undergraduate studies in French and in Italian work with our academic advisor to help students along a smooth path to the minor, major, or certificate. You can declare the major, minor, or certificate with either the directors of undergraduate studies (French or Italian) or the academic advisor. The directors of undergraduate studies approve any exceptions to our requirements and transfer of credit, including from study abroad. Since they are in the academic field of your major or minor, they have additional knowledge about programs that cater to particular interests and study abroad options. Please note that majors meet with both the academic advisor and the appropriate director of undergraduate studies. We welcome you to make an appointment using the information below.

Have questions about French or Italian?

Barbara Vance

Barbara Vance

Director of Undergraduate Studies, French

Undergraduate Advising, French

Associate Professor, French and Italian

Associate Professor, Linguistics

  • (812) 855-2702
  • Global and International Studies Building 3171

Contact Professor Vance for advice on French courses, declaring a major or minor, Certificate in Global French, and transferring French credits from study abroad or from another university.

View Professor Vance's faculty profile.

Colleen Ryan

Colleen Ryan

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian

Professor, French and Italian

  • (812) 855-1249
  • Global and International Studies Building 3165

Contact Professor Ryan for advice on Italian courses, declaring a major or minor, and other inquiries.

View Professor Ryan's faculty profile.

Melissa Jackson

Melissa Jackson

College of Arts and Sciences Advisor

Melissa advises students interested in a French or Italian major, minor, or certificate, in coordination with our directors of undergraduate studies. She helps French and Italian majors track progress toward the degree and make sure they fulfill departmental as well as College and university requirements.

Sara White

Sara White

Career Coach

Sara coaches students of French and Italian at the Walter Center for Career Achievement to help them navigate their career paths. She can help with anything in your career journey, such as exploring career options, building professional relationships, writing résumés and cover letters, interviewing and negotiating salaries, and even exploring and applying for graduate programs. Sara would love to meet you to get to know your interests and career aspirations, even if you don’t need help with anything. Sara also helps at the Walter Center Drop-In Coaching and Career Studio, where students can drop in for help on anything in their career journey.

Find out how to schedule an appointment with Sara here.

To schedule an appointment with Sara please visit this page.  (Need instructions?  Click here.)