Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies

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Within the Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies, we consider the study of language and culture as essential components of any education.

We offer a wide range of language, literature, and culture courses that emphasize the importance of languages spoken by nearly 200 million people in 70 countries worldwide. The French and Italian curricula feature community-based learning initiatives, a business language program, an International Film Festival, as well as internship and study abroad opportunities in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

We invite you to explore the individual web pages to learn more about the department at the College of Charleston.

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Maxine Bier
Maxine Bier
International Trade Outreach Manager
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Maxine Bier has served as the International Trade Outreach Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) since August 2017. As trade outreach manager, Maxine is in charge of developing and implementing strategies to grow the number of Georgia businesses that engage with international trade services. She works closely with GDEcD’s marketing team to promote the department’s international trade programs across the state and is the initial point of contact for Georgia companies seeking support from GDEcD’s Trade Division.

Before joining GDEcD’s trade team, Maxine worked in the department’s International Relations Division where she supported the deputy commissioner and chief of protocol in the management of consular corps relations, visiting foreign delegations, international mission planning and marketing efforts to elevate Georgia’s international profile.

Maxine holds a B.A. in Political Science and French from the College of Charleston, an M.A. in Teaching Foreign Language from the University of North Carolina and a dual-degree MBA in International Business from Georgia State University and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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