The French Program
The curriculum in the Department allows students to develop skills in a second language as part of the College’s mission to produce a well-rounded graduate who is prepared for life and citizenship as well as for a career. Because today’s world is enriched by diversity, faculty strive to cultivate in each student an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Respect for self and others must be at the basis of any worthwhile communication.It is in this sense that the Department considers the study of other languages integral to a liberal arts education. All classes foster the skills of communication and understanding in a second language. Listening, speaking, reading, writing and an exploration of the cultures of the French-speaking world are integrated at each level of study.
What Can I Do With a Major in French?
For decades, many Americans thought that it was sufficient to be a speaker of English. With our changing cultural landscape, it has become more apparent that knowledge of another language is advantageous and perhaps a necessity for living in a globalized world.
Whether your ultimate career goal is in business, diplomacy, education, health care, law, social services, government, communications or many other fields, fluency in French and an understanding of the French culture is sure to open many doors for you.