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