Bienvenue! French studies provides students with a command of the French language sufficient to live and work successfully in a French-speaking environment. French studies at Wesleyan enables students to develop an in-depth knowledge of French-language literatures and critical approaches and, through them, an awareness of French and Francophone modes of thought and expression. A minor is also offered.

The major's flexible, interdisciplinary focus combines coursework in a number of fields that can serve as the basis for future work or further academic or professional studies. Students who major in French studies often pursue careers as teachers, translators and interpreters, and as government, nonprofit and NGO workers.

What You'll Study

  • The French studies major consists of a minimum of eight courses: four French language courses and four courses whose content is devoted substantially to the study of French or Francophone literature, history, culture or society (in French or English).
  • All majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester studying abroad in a French-speaking country. While students are encouraged to participate in Wesleyan's program in Paris (the Vassar-Wesleyan Program), other Wesleyan-approved study-abroad programs currently exist in Cameroon, Madagascar and Senegal. Wesleyan also sends one exchange student a year to the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Minor Requirements

  • The French minor consists of five courses: four French language courses and one course whose content is devoted substantially to the study of French or Francophone literature, history, culture or society (in French or English).