Southwestern’s French Program prioritizes the acquisition of cultural knowledge and awareness at all levels of instruction. In our language courses, students learn everyday French cultural norms and customs alongside grammar and vocabulary. Our more advanced courses deal with a range of exciting topics on French society and civilization, such as French cinema; French food culture; World War II France; French feminism; or race and diversity in current French society.
Students who study French with us reap the following benefits:
- We teach students the language skills they need to achieve fluency in French
- We teach students the intercultural skills they need to thrive in French culture and to reflect on their own culture with new eyes
- We teach critical thinking skills
Our French language and culture courses prepare French students for study abroad and our upper-level courses, in which students continue to develop their language and culture skills toward fluency while studying exciting topics such as food culture, cinema, politics, art, or history.
Students in the French program are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Several graduates have won scholarships to teach in France, through the French Embassy’s Teaching Assistant Program.
Students in our program benefit from close interactions and mentoring from our faculty.
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.
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