Building upon a foundation of proficiency in the French language, concentrators in French Studies explore the culture, history, and literature of Francophone civilizations. Students select from a variety of courses in language, historical periods, genres, themes, major writers, film, and civilization. Students interested in living in a French environment often reserve rooms in the coed dormitory (Machado House) at 87 Prospect Street. A Resident Coordinator in French maintains a planned program of activities centered around French conversation, movies, lectures, and cooking. Study abroad opportunities are available in Paris, Lyon and other francophone countries. Most students are required to take a placement exam. See departmental website for details.
Students in this concentration will:
The French Literature and French Civilization tracks require a senior seminar as a capstone experience. Candidacy for Honors in French Studies assumes an excellent academic record (particularly in the major field) and the ability to work independently. Ordinarily, a candidate will have received no grade lower than an "A" in her/his concentration program. The candidate will apply for admission to the Honors Program early in his or her seventh semester. Please see departmental website for a complete description of admission procedures and requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
Concentrators have pursued careers in education as teachers and administrators (secondary and collegiate), translation, international relations and diplomacy. They have also sought careers in medicine, print journalism, and management consulting.