All courses are conducted in French with the exception of the first-year seminar (120) and the Romance Language and Literatures Seminar (321) in which the course is taught in English but all reading and writing are done in French. In language courses, students work with native French and Francophone assistants in small supplementary conversation groups. Technological resources—Web-based and computer-assisted applications, videoconferencing, iMovie, and various multimedia tools—are used in courses at all levels to foster individual learning and to promote communication with the international community. A comprehensive library of DVDs and classic French texts is maintained in the department office. Study abroad during the junior year is encouraged and Mount Holyoke has its own programs in Montpellier, France, and is also affiliated with the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France Program.

French Major

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.  

  • Two 4-credit intermediate courses in culture and literature (215, 219, or 225) (8 credits)
  • Three 4-credit courses in culture and literature at the 300 level. It is recommended that at least one of these courses include a significant pre-1800 component (12 credits)
  • Two 4-credit electives in culture and literature at the 200 or 300 level. One or both of these electives may be in another department and taught in English provided they focus substantially on French or Francophone material and pre-approval has been granted by the Chair of the French Department (8 credits)
  • Advanced language study (4 credits)

French Minor

A minimum of 16 credits; Two intermediate courses in culture and literature (215, 219, 225) and two advanced courses in culture and literature (300 level)

Detailed information on required credits and courses for the minor can be found in the French course choosing booklet.