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
- “Breaking the Genius Myth: Henri Bergson and Musical Intuition”
- “A Holiday from the Facts: Utopia, Pain, and Creativity”
- “A Translation of Letters by Louis-Antoine de Bougainville: The Seven-Years War”
Program Director: Eric Trudel
Katherine Morris Boivin
Odile S. Chilton
Marina van Zuylen