At Davidson, French and Francophone Studies majors acquire knowledge of the language, literature, and cultures of France and the French-speaking countries of Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North America, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.
But we aim for more than just knowledge. We aim to strengthen our students' critical and analytical thinking skills, as well as their ability to form written and oral arguments in the process, and to do so in French. And through this synthesis of knowledge and understanding, we strive to give our students the fluent world view and skills necessary to thrive in a global economy.
A French and Francophone Studies major is required to take 10 French courses beyond intermediate French (FRE 201), including:
Note 1: In addition to 490 and 491 (or 499), senior majors are required to take a third course in the department during the senior year.
Note 2: We encourage majors to take one course in French or Francophone studies offered by other departments. With approval of the French and Francophone Studies Department, one such course may be included as one of the 10 required for the major. Examples include HIS 228 and HIS 328.
No French course taken Pass/Fail at Davidson will count towards the major in French and Francophone Studies.
In the spring semester of their senior year, French majors write a thesis in French based on a personal reading program developed with the help of a faculty adviser. The reading program may be organized around a literary theme, genre, or movement, as well as a particular author or a civilization topic. Recent topics (translated for convenience) include: "Leonardo da Vinci and the Romorantin Project," "The Use of Torture in the Algerian Conflict," "Images of Homelessness in French Literature," "Persepolis and the Graphic Novel," and "Generation Y: A Moroccan Case Study."