Pursue francophone studies as part of the French major.
By concentrating your French major in francophone studies, you will explore the rich heritage of francophone literatures and cultures. As a result of French and Belgian colonialism that began in the 17th century, the French language spread to parts of the Americas, Africa and Asia. Through the lens of fiction, films, and past and current events, you will encounter a multiplicity of these worldwide Francophone cultural expressions, which remain a vibrant part of our world today.
At Gordon, you can take courses in linguistics alongside your French studies. An understanding of how language works is valuable to the study of any language, and will enable you to learn at a deeper level. Gordon’s proximity to Canada means that you can immerse yourself in the French language without having to book a flight—weekend excursions to the historic cities of Montréal or Québec are not out of reach.
Your facility in the French language will prove beneficial in a wide variety of careers, including:
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Join the Cercle Français, which periodically hosts film showings (yes, in French) and francophone culture themed events. At the weekly La Table Française, bring your lunch and join in conversation with others desiring to brush up their French. Enjoy cultural events and francophone gatherings in the Boston area. Consider undertaking a substantial research project, which culminates in a written honors thesis and a presentation to department faculty.
After building a solid base in the language, all French majors study abroad for at least one semester through the CIEE in France program or at another approved site in French-speaking Africa or Canada.
Interested in studying another foreign language in depth? You might consider declaring the combined languages major. French majors also commonly double major or minor in linguistics, education, history, international affairs or business administration (international business concentration).