Majors & Minors


Southwestern’s French Program provides students with the tools and opportunities to become competent, confident, culturally literate citizens of our global society.


Francis Mathieu

Francis Mathieu

Associate Professor of French & Chair


Francis Mathieu

Francis Mathieu

Associate Professor of French & Chair

We form strong critical thinkers and writers who excel in their careers nationally and internationally.

French majors and minors tie their language studies to in-depth analysis of literature, culture and film. Our curriculum integrates speaking, writing and culture into all courses, enhanced by faculty mentoring and interdisciplinary opportunities. French students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Several graduates have won scholarships to teach in France, through the French Embassy’s Teaching Assistant Program.

The French Program also builds diverse perspectives through course materials tailored to students’ needs.

The Capstone provides majors with training in independent research and prepares them for work in many fields. Alumni pursue Master’s and PhD degrees and careers in art, business, international affairs, law, management, public health, and teaching. 


Featured Alumni Stories

Julien Meyrat ’98

Building Dreams

Southwestern alum Julien Meyrat ’98 is a senior designer at global design and architecture firm Gensler.

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Rebecca Skinner '96

Southwestern Alumna Founds International Schools

Rebecca Skinner, SU ’96 and founder of the International School of Brooklyn, helps build the new Dwight School Dubai as associate head of school.

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Kelly Johnson, Class of 2012

Studying French and art history allowed Kelly to find her critical voice

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French News

Julia Poritz, Class of 2010

French helps Julia conduct culturally sensitive research

Jordan and Taylor Hutchison show off their ceramics project that won the ,500 Walt Potter Prize at the King Creativity Symposium.

The Perfect Glaze

Teaming up earns sisters a $2,500 prize for creativity

International Studies major Alex Benitez will spend the 2013-2014 academic year in France thanks to a Teaching Assistant Program award. She is shown here at Machu Picchu, one of several places she had the opportunity to visit during a fall 2011 stay in Peru as part of a Gilman International Fellowship.

Southwestern Student Receives Teaching Assistantship in France for 2013-2014

Alejandra Benitez will spend the academic year teaching in Reims