French and Francophone Studies
The concentration in French and Francophone Studies is committed to
the pursuit of an interdisciplinary, linguistically rigorous, and
textually informed understanding of French and Francophone literatures
and cultures. Concentrators engage actively through their coursework
with a wide range of texts and critical perspectives, pertaining to
multiple literary genres, media, and contexts. They have opportunities
to study different periods of French history as well as Francophone
cultures beyond France.
By the time they graduate, concentrators will have learned to read with
knowledge and nuance and produced a varied body of critical work in
Students in this concentration will:
- Attain an interdisciplinary understanding of French and Francophone literatures and cultures
- Acquire advanced speaking and writing abilities in French
- Develop sophisticated analytical approaches to the study of texts from more than one period of French history and from Francophone cultures outside of France
- Produce a body of critical work in French
French studies concentration requirements for students in the class of 2015 and earlier are posted here.
French and Francophone Studies concentration requirements for students in the class of 2016 are post here.
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
Candidacy for Honors 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 the seventh semester, having completed at least six concentration courses by this time. Please see departmental website for more information.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Work on your speaking and writing
- Understand differences among cultures
- Evaluate human behavior
- Learn what it means to study the past
- Develop a facility with symbolic languages
- Expand your reading skills
- Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
- Embrace diversity
- Collaborate fully
- Engage with your community
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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.