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Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

French Studies


Marina van Zuylen (director), Matthew Amos, Katherine Boivin, Odile S. Chilton, Christian Crouch, Laurie Dahlberg, Tabetha Ewing, Peter Laki, Justus Rosenberg, Alice Stroup, Karen Sullivan, Eric Trudel


Students in French Studies are expected to reach a high level of competence in the French language. The program emphasizes in-depth study of literature, history, philosophy and theory, art history, and cinema.

Areas of Study

The program allows students to choose one of three areas of specialization: French and francophone literature; civilization, culture, and history; and translation. For ­students beginning the study of French, an intensive program (one semester of study ­followed by four weeks in France) is offered every spring.


Prior to Moderation, students must take at least five courses (20 credits) that are accredited by the French Studies Program. Over four years, students must take 14 program-accredited courses (56 credits), including the 8-credit Senior Project. At least six of the 14 courses must be conducted entirely in French.

Recent Senior Projects in French Studies

  • “Cinecartography: Film as Map in the Age of Cinematic Identification”
  • “Social Criticism through Adventure-Colored Glasses,” a critical analysis of the relationships between masters and servants in three Jules Verne novels”
  • “Translation of The Superior Bowing Technique by Lucien Capet from French to Spanish and Introduction”