The major in French Language & Literature, the major in French Studies, and the Certificate in French Language & Francophone Cultures are interdisciplinary programs that provide students with opportunities to acquire advanced language proficiency and both a knowledge of and engagement with the literary, cultural, socio-historical, and political traditions of the French-speaking world.
Upon graduation, French majors and French certificate students should have achieved the following objectives:
- Demonstrate advanced proficiency in spoken and written French.
- Demonstrate the ability to read critically, interpret analytically, speak persuasively, and write coherently about visual and literary texts produced in the French-speaking world.
- Demonstrate familiarity with methodological approaches in the study of literary and cultural texts, such as close reading, socio-historical contextualization, and literary and cultural theory.
- Demonstrate knowledge of literary and cultural traditions, such as major movements, writers, and works of the French-speaking world, focusing on at least one and ideally multiple traditions: European, African, Caribbean, Asian, North American, and other Francophone cultures.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary for scholarly research and writing in the Humanities.
In addition, we welcome and encourage the development of skills in linguistics, translation, and comparative studies.