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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 

French News

Holy Cross Alumnus Wins Prestigious French Award

Jul 30, 2019

Parlez vous Français? Stephen Silvestri ’19, a Chinese and international studies double major with a minor in French, not only speaks the language, but has fervently advocated for the French language and Francophone culture throughout his time at the College. …

Video: Holy Cross Students Find Success After Graduation

Mar 20, 2019

What doors does a degree from Holy Cross open? If you’re a recent grad, you just might be changing the world by teaching music to refugee children in Palestine, finishing your second year of law school or managing clients for an award-winning marketing firm.