The French major embraces the cultural past of France and the French-speaking world. It also explores the dynamic present of all French-speaking peoples and cultures of the 21st century. Because of the dual focus on the historical and the contemporary, students can engage in the world as global citizens.
Students who major in French at Hollins gain a strong foundation in all aspects of French language and culture. A French major can complete her degree requirements by taking courses in language and literature. Or, she can focus on business, international relations, and current events. Another track of study leads to certification to teach French at the secondary school level.
The French minor only requires six courses of intermediate and advanced work. French minors also still have the option of living in the French House.
What You'll Learn
The Value of Knowing Another Language
Through literature, film, and yes, even pop music classes, the professors at Hollins taught me to thoughtfully consider and accurately articulate my views on the political, social, and cultural landscape of the francophone world. Professionally, my language skills and cultural awareness have come to my aid when interacting with French-speaking visitors, whether it be a tourist at our information desk or the French ambassador on an official visit. Knowing a language is a valuable skill indeed!Gwen Fernandez, French major, who has worked for the U.S. Supreme Court and the National Gallery of Art