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Since graduating from LSSU's Communication program in 2008, Ben has enjoyed success in the insurance industry due in part to the skills he learned at LSSU. He currently is an Operations Supervisor for Farmers Insurance Group in Grand Rapids, MI and leads a team of 15 in a direct to customer contact center. The department plays a major role in Farmer's market strategy by supporting the local agent distribution channel with extended hours via phone and chat. "The interpersonal and organizational communication skills I learned at LSSU are used on a daily basis in insurance. Insurance is an intangible product that is more of an interpersonal relationship between the policy holder and the company", says Ben. "My primary job is coaching team members to effectively analyze and communicate complex situations in a way our customers understand using straightforward and proactive interaction models. The curriculum at LSSU not only prepared in my current job, but also prepared me to know how to transfer these skills to my team."

Ben Momber - BA Communication 2008

College of Social Sciences, Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences

Yevgeny Medvedev
Yevgeny Medvedev, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: ARTS 261
Phone: (906) 635-2278
Fax: (906) 635-6678


School of English and Language Studies

Department of Language Studies

French Studies

Lake Superior State University’s Bachelor of Arts in French Studies has been designed to provide students with a valuable marketable formation for a variety of careers where language proficiency and cultural awareness are increasingly in demand. As a second major, it will add weight to any specialization in science as well as in the Arts.

A Success Venture

The lack of similar degree in the broad geographic area served by LSSU has led to several requests for such a program, and it is clear that our location on the boarder of bilingual Canada offers an ideal opportunity to attract both American and Canadian students. Contacts taken with various French universities demonstrate the realistic possibility of broadening the scope of LSSU international vocation.

An Expertise in Demand

The need for expertise in French and Francophone Cultural Awareness cannot be overemphasized in the perspective of modern global economic outreach. The B.A. in French Studies offers students a wider range of employment opportunities should they choose to further their education in view of a career in teaching, translation/interpretation, business, government, technology, etc. Furthermore, the uniqueness of this degree lies in its four specific complementary components: language, literature, business and civilization.

Expanding the Outreach

The idea of a BS in French for Business and International Trade was the result of consultation with LSSU Business Department, the main objective of such a degree being to provide students with the competency and the related advantages of two well-balanced, complementary fields of concentration as well as the practical experience of a valuable internship in a multicultural business environment. Such programs have proven to be highly attractive to francophone nationals from Europe and the rest of the world eager to obtain degrees from US universities.

Faculty

  • Yevgeny Medvedev
    BA 1994, University of California; M.A. 1998, Columbia University; M. Phil. 2002, Columbia University; 2009 Ph.D, University of Toronto

Academic Programs (Degree/Minor)

Possible Careers

  • Primary and Secondary Education
  • Translator
  • Communications
  • Travel Industry
  • International Business
  • Diplomacy
  • Law

 

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