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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 Academic Conference to Showcase Student Work

Apr 22, 2016

As the academic year comes to an end, the College of the Holy Cross will celebrate the great and varied work accomplished by its students at the annual Academic Conference taking place across campus from April 27 through April 30. The four-day conference gives students from all class years the opportunity to present the results of their independent research and course work done in a variety of environments—from campus classrooms and libraries to within the Worcester community; from research labs and study abroad locations to art studios and field sites.