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.
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:
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, HIS 328, and AFR 364.
No French course taken Pass/Fail at Davidson will count towards the major in French and Francophone Studies.
In senior year, French majors take the Senior Seminar in the fall and the Senior Capstone in the spring. Students may choose to pursue honors in French and Francophone Studies by writing thesis. Please contact the Chair for more information.