ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study French Transnational Studies at Goucher?
Studying language means more than just learning a new vocabulary—it means engaging new cultures, perspectives, and ways of thinking across the entire globe. You will 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 Transnational Studies Program connects deep exploration of language with the kind of interdisciplinary study that enables you to put your learning into practice through study abroad, service-learning, and internship opportunities.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
This flexible and interdisciplinary major includes an experiential, individually tailored project abroad as a central component. The major will give you the skills to read, write, and speak the language accurately with nuance in a range of settings from informal to professional (through an internship), and to interpret authentic French-language media within cultural and historical contexts. In addition, majors will analyze today’s global movements and transnational realities through literary, cinematic, social, and historical lenses to yield insights about the language and cultures of the French-speaking world. Learn More
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Students pursue a wide variety of internationally focused careers that range from language-centered work (translation, teaching, academic research) to fields that increasingly value intercultural experience such as law, business, international development, and public health. Recent graduates include college professors, directors of admissions, attorneys, cinematographers, and a francophone program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute. In short, with a major in French transnational studies, you will gain valuable skills that will translate into a broad range of rewarding careers post-graduation.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
French Major: Kathryn St. Ours
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Mark Ingram, Professor of French Transnational Studies
Flo Martin, Professor of French Transnational Studies
Kathryn St. Ours, Associate Professor of French Transnational Studies
Gwendoline Koudinov, French Visiting Instructor, Language House Co-director
Fiona Sparks, Adjunct Professor of French Transnational Studies
Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Henriette Leanos, Associate professor of French Transnational Studies
Fred Musser, Associate Professor of French Transnational Studies
Wolf Thormann, Professor of French Transnational Studies
By studying abroad, choosing three-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.
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 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.
Major & Career Exploration
Graduate & Professional School
- Image associated with "French Transnational Film Festival screening: Tazzeka (Jean-Philippe Gaud, 2018) at Merrick Lecture Hall"February 19, 2020
Goucher's French Transnational Film Festival continues with acclaimed recent French/Moroccan feature film Tazzeka. Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias...
- Image associated with "French Transnational Film Festival screening: Claude Lanzmann's Shoah: Four Sisters with Dr. Jennifer Cazenave in attendance at Kelley Lecture Hall"February 27, 2020
Goucher's French Transnational Film Festival continues with Shoah: Four Sisters, one of several films that Lanzmann completed late in his life, compiled of interviews that did...
- Image associated with "French Transnational Film Festival screening: I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2017) at Merrick Lecture Hall"March 5, 2020
The French Transnational Film Festival continues with acclaimed recent documentary I Am Not Your Negro: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent...