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French: Major, Minor

To study French is to join an extensive community of speakers and learners of the French language scattered over five continents. The French curriculum is designed to provide students with linguistic proficiency as well as an understanding of French and francophone literatures and cultures.

Through extensive course offerings, students develop linguistic proficiency, hone analytical skills, and gain a comparative, critical perspective on global affairs, notably those of the French-speaking world. Language instruction is complemented by practice sessions led by a French foreign language assistant. Cocurricular events allow students to perfect their French conversational skills and enhance their appreciation of the cultures of metropolitan France and francophone countries around the world. Students can deepen their learning experience by studying abroad at one of the College’s immersion programs in France or Cameroon.

Program Highlights

The French program offers an array of innovative and rigorous courses, all conducted in French. Language courses range from elementary to advanced levels. Methodology courses sharpen students’ analytical skills. Content and upper-level language courses include offerings in:
  • Literature
  • Culture
  • Film
  • Francophonie
  • Linguistics
  • Translation 

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