ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study French at Goucher?

Because you know that studying language means more than just learning a new vocabulary—it means engaging new cultures, perspectives, and ways of thinking in the entire globe (Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Asia). You want to immerse yourself in French, speak it, read it, write it, think it, and put it to use in the world, both at home and in the many francophone places where it is spoken every day.

The French & Francophone Studies Program connects deep understanding and exploration of language with the kind of broad, interdisciplinary study that you can only get at a liberal arts institution—and enables you to put your learning into practice through study abroad, service-learning, and internship opportunities.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

As a student in French & Francophone Studies you will learn to read, write, and speak the language accurately and fluently. The French & Francophone Studies major is organized along two tracks: literature and culture/civilization. The French & Francophone Studies minor is an in-depth apprenticeship of French and Francophone language, literatures and cultures that will give you a taste of the diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.  Learn More

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Goucher students choose from a rich array of courses on French society, cinema, and literature. Students learn the codes of contemporary French culture, the origins and shape of contemporary social diversity in France, and the culture of Francophone regions in Africa and the Caribbean.

Majors are required to complete 30 credits chosen from courses at the 200 and 300 levels, including three at the 400 level. French minors must accumulate a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 and 300 levels, with at least one course at the 400 level, and one Goucher-sponsored study-abroad program in the target language.

Course Curriculum


Major & Minor Program Contacts
French Major: Kathryn St. Ours

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty

Sarah Atji Civil, French Visiting Instructor, Language House Co-director

Mark Ingram, Professor of French

Flo Martin, Professor of French

Kathryn St. Ours, Associate professor of French

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Henriette Leanos, Associate professor of French

Fred Musser, Associate Professor of French

Wolf Thormann, Professor of French

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing 3-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher language students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information

France Programs

Gateway to Paris

Combines daily French language instruction at the Sorbonne and exploration of Paris. The semester-long program uses the city as its text, investigating its past and present and highlighting the main issues facing French society. In the Applied French Practicum, students choose from three types of "mini-internship" field experience to form an individualized learning program.

IFE Field Study and Internship 

The semester-long IFE program places students in a work environment in Paris, Brussels, or Strasbourg, usually in a government agency, business, or nonprofit organization. Students also conduct field research, delving into an issue and producing a 30-page independent study in French under the guidance of a French scholar.

French Theatre in Paris and Marseille

A three-week experiential introduction to the dynamic world of the contemporary French theatre in Avignon, Marseille, and Paris. Develops language and theatre skills in immersion settings and explores theatre as a window into contemporary French society. The capstone production (in which students may perform) is part of the Goucher Theatre program's fall season. Visit the French Theatre in Paris and Marseille page for more information. 

Take a look at our introduction to the French Theatre ICA (PPTX)

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Internships in Francophone Europe

IFE allows students to choose from a wide range of internship opportunities in France's parliament and ministries, museums, social and environmental groups, and other organizations, and immerse fully in the day-to-day life of contemporary France.

Témoignages d'étudiants

Elisabeth Bowden
Madeleine Hobbs
Mandile Mpofu

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.


Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.