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 careers, 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. Click here to fill out the major requirement checklist.
Detailed information on required credits and courses for the major and minor can be found in the French course choosing booklet 2016-2017.
The French Minor
A minimum of 16 credits are required for the minor in French.
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:
- Prepare for Study Abroad - French department
- Learning Abroad - McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives
Bringing Back Credits from Study in France or Other Francophone Country:
French majors who spend only one semester abroad are allowed to bring back a maximum of two courses (8 credits), in addition to the required 4 credits of advanced language course work, for a total of 12 credits maximum toward the major.
French minors who spend a full year/two semesters abroad are allowed to bring back a maximum of two courses, for a total of 8 credits maximum toward the minor.
French minors who spend only one semester abroad are allowed to bring back a maximum of one course, for a total of 4 credits maximum toward the minor.