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Foreign language skills are important advantages for students interested in pursuing careers in business, government, the travel industry, media, science, sports, the service industry and many others.

Alumni Stories

Caitlin (McKenna) Degnan ’04
High School Spanish Teacher, Canonsburg, Pa.

“I [had the opportunity to be] an SI leader (Supplemental Instruction) for the Spanish Department. I worked with the professors from the department to create valuable and meaningful review lessons for the students who took advantage of the program. It was during [that] time that I [realized] I wanted to be a high school Spanish teacher.  Also, a study abroad experience during my junior year in Madrid, Spain, really made a significant impact on me and changed my life as a result. It was one of the best times of my life.”

  • Major: Spanish
  • Minors: Secondary Education/Elementary Education
  • Clubs and Activities: Alpha Xi Delta (sorority) and Alpha Chi, Lambda Sigma and Alpha Mu Gamma honoraries
Chris Shinkman ’62
Board of Directors and Buck/Cardinal Club, Stanford University, Bethesda, Md.

“I [earned my] degree in French from Thiel in 1962. Subsequently, as a college and university career counselor I was frequently asked about the relationship between undergraduate major and career. In 40 years, nobody has ever been able to guess my major. I found this to be an easy way to remind [those I advise] that a broad-based liberal arts degree is preparation for a variety of [careers].”

  • Major: French
  • Languages

Kristin M. Carlson, Ph.D.

Department Chair
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