The French Major and Minor

The French Major

Students who major in French at Mount Holyoke may design their major around a particular topic, century, theme, or area—for example, French or Francophone studies, medieval studies, theatre studies, or gender/women’s studies. Majors work closely with their advisors to select courses, which might include courses in other Mount Holyoke departments or at one of the other Five Colleges. Our graduates use the analytical and expressive skills they acquire to succeed in a wide range of carrers, including education, government, law, international banking, publishing, and marketing.

The major requires a minimum of 32 credits and should include at least one 4-credit course taught in French during each semester of the junior and senior years.

The French Minor

A minimum of 16 credits are required for the minor in French.

Detailed information on required credits and courses for the major and minor can be found in the French chapter of the course catalogue.

Study Abroad

Study abroad during the junior year is encouraged. Mount Holyoke has its own programs in Montpellier, France, and is also affiliated with the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France Program. Contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives or the French department office for more information about study abroad: