Students and the native speaker conversing at a 法国 table session
A Friday at the 法国 table

At every step in your study of 法国, whether you are just beginning the language or tackling literary analysis, you will think critically about global networks of knowledge, 文化, 商务, 技术, 和环境. 小班级规模, coupled with a communicative, interactive approach to learning, mean that you will receive individualized attention and feedback while building close relationships with professors and classmates. 在一起, you will investigate the ways 法国-language 文化s create meaning and express ideas, as well as how language itself, along with social and cultural contexts, influences our perspectives on the world.


The 法国 program offers intensive instruction in all levels of 法国 language as well as advanced courses in 法国 and Francophone literature, 电影和文化. Seminars span historical periods, 地理区域, 和主题, from gender in medieval and Renaissance literature to 法国 New Wave cinema, national identity in Québec, and contemporary West African and Caribbean aesthetics. In all 法国 courses you will analyze a broad range of cultural production, from literary text to historical document to popular media, 成为一个熟练的, 通知, and self-aware reader able to engage effectively with a range of aesthetic and social questions. You will learn to formulate your ideas clearly in both 法国 and English, 口头和书面形式, displaying critical awareness of cultural specificity.

Additional opportunities

出国留学: Take advantage of Whitman's 校外研究 program and spend a semester or a year studying in France, Senegal, Morocco, or Madagascar.

校园社区: Immerse yourself in the language and learn more about Francophone 文化s by residing in La Maison interest house with other students who share your passion. You can also participate in one of the many Maison-organized social and cultural events open to the community (game nights, 咖啡馆的夜晚, 电影放映, and discussions of current events and issues of interest). 加入法国 语言的助理 at the 法国 Table every Friday at Prentiss dining hall, or attend lectures by visiting speakers. 在 Language Learning Center, you'll also find conversation spaces, voice recording and audio 编辑 software, 法语的游戏, 杂志, 报纸, 书, 和更多的.

Faculty-student collaboration: 法国 students work closely with professors, often participating actively in research projects. In some recent collaborations:

  • 妮可Day-Lucore的18, Jessica Day-Lucore '18, 和教授. 莎拉·赫尔伯特 investigated the history of 要人要人's 法国town, a community of 法国-Canadian and indigenous families established in 1824
  • 艾玛Neslund的16 和教授. 妮可Simek examined verbal and visual irony in Martinican photo-essays as part of a book project, Hunger and Irony in the 法国 Caribbean
  • 西奥Ciszewski”15 和教授. 扎西·Zalloua worked together on a chapter-length study of theorist Jacques Derrida, "The Double Bind of the Intellectual: Toward a Hermeneutics of Skepticism"
  • Aleah Jaeger的13 与教授合作. 杰克艾弗森 on a project titled "纯羊毛, Bouchard-Taylor, and the Intercultural Future of Québec"  

在惠特曼: 法国 majors and minors have put their analytical, 语言, and cross-cultural skills to work in a wide array of professions and fields of advanced study, from graduate work in literature, 创意写作, 教育, international relations, or business to careers in speech pathology, 环境正义, 青少年外展, 编辑, 酿酒, 通信, 社会工作, 和艺术, 在更多的. 请参阅PG电子APP下载的 校友 have to say about life after Whitman for a glimpse of the paths that the study of 法国 can help open for you.

Many of our graduates also spend a year gaining work and life experience as language assistants in France through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). Contact a 法国 professor for more information about this opportunity.