Department of French

Professor: Lydgate (Chair), Levitt, Masson, Datta, Petterson, Prabhu
Associate Professor: Gunther
Assistant Professor: Bilis, Morari
Senior Lecturer: Egron-Sparrow, Tranvouez
Adjunct Senior Lecturer: Fecteau
Visiting Lecturer: Ganne-Schiermeier
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow: de Tholozany

The French Department’s courses develop skills in the language of France and French-speaking countries and offer access to cultures that are rich in tradition and have important roles to play in a rapidly diversifying Europe and a rapidly contracting world. All but two of our courses, from elementary to advanced, are taught in French. Their topics, in literature, film, and culture, span 10 centuries, from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition to opening cultural doors, the department’s courses help students develop a number of critical skills and habits—linguistic, analytical, interpretive, expressive.

Early in the language cycle students encounter material from different parts of the world, from historical periods that range from the medieval to the contemporary, and in a variety of genres and media. They encounter as well a number of different approaches to reading and analyzing texts: historical, sociological, psychological, and literary—including the perspectives of race and gender and women’s studies. Students who graduate from our program have gone on to further study in (among other areas) the law, medicine, international relations, museum science, art and art history, English, French, and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as to careers in publishing and on Wall Street and Madison Avenue. Graduates routinely report that their skills in French are a significant asset in pursuing careers with international organizations and companies.

French Department Information

FREN 101-FREN 102, FREN 103, and FREN 201 count toward the degree but not toward the major. First-year students who have not studied French and plan to study internationally should begin with FREN 103/FREN 203. Students who begin with FREN 101-FREN 102 in college and who would like to study internationally should consult the chair of the department during the second semester of their first year.

Except for FREN 150 (First-Year Seminar) and FREN 230, all of our courses are conducted in French. Oral expression and composition are stressed.

The numbering of certain 200-level courses does not denote increasing levels of difficulty; FREN 206FREN 207, and FREN 209 may be taken in any sequence, and 200-level courses above FREN 209 may also be taken in any sequence, although students planning to study internationally should take FREN 211 as soon as possible.



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