|The courses of the Department of French Language and Literature provide classes in grammar and conversation, in addition to language and literature. The objective of the major is to learn about another culture directly through its language and principally by way of its literature. Literature is here understood as a significant expression of a culture. In addition, to give students a better idea of the development of French literature throughout the centuries, we encourage students to select their major courses from a wide range of historical periods, from the Middle Ages to the present.
Also, the French Department aims at flexibility and responds to the plans and interests of the French major within a structure that affords diversity of experience in French literature and continuous training in the use of the language. It also trains students to communicate in the language.
A major in French provides effective preparation for graduate work, but it is not conceived as strictly pre-professional training. Since its founding, the Department of French Language and Literature has been producing many graduates who have contributed significantly to society. Including 30 professors lecturing throughout the country, as well as critics, authors, and journalists, our graduates are recognized to be very competent and successful in many ways.