A student majoring in French is expected to read, write, and speak the language accurately and fluently. Students specializing in literature are expected to know the main facts of its development, including historical and social background, and to demonstrate ability for critical appreciation. Students specializing in culture and civilization are expected to be familiar with the general political, economic, and intellectual trends of the society studied and to be able to contextualize these historically. Majors are required to complete 30 credits chosen from courses at the 200 and 300 levels, including nine at the 300 level.

The French major is organized along two tracks: literature and culture/civilization.
Those wishing to have a concentration in literature need to complete FR 256  and FR 330  and/or FR 351; a concentration in French civilization and culture must complete FR 258  and FR 333.

French majors must complete

  • FR 245 - Bouillon De Culture—Introduction to French Studies (4 Cr.)

  • FR 253 - Introduction to French/Francophone Cinema (4 Cr.) and/or FR 256 - Readings in French: A la Page (4 Cr.) and/or FR 258 - Current Events in Fifth-Republic France (4 Cr.)

  • At least three 300-level courses (from among FR 330 , FR 333 , FR 344, FR 351 ). Special topics courses may be repeated for credit if the topic is different.

  • One semester in Goucher’s study-abroad program in Paris, or, after consultation with the French faculty, a semester-long internship at IFE in Paris.

Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in French

Students seeking certification as teachers of one or more languages at the secondary level should make their intention clear to the chair of the department as early as possible and no later than the time they declare their major. Certification requirements are listed under the Education Department.

Relevant courses to Complement the Major

Courses outside the department especially relevant for French majors include Anthropology 238/History 227 (cross-listed as Cultures of Contemporary Europe) and World Literature in Translation courses WL 230 (Special Topics in African Literature and Film) and WL 260 (Special Topics in European Literature).

Students planning graduate work should confer with their advisers about language requirements for graduate study.