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 earning their French degree 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
Taking a Leap
My world has been changed in more ways than I can count since I’ve come to Hollins, and I know for sure that I would not be the same person without the guidance I’ve found in the French department here at Hollins. I’m so thankful for all the people that have helped me push my limits of what I think I can and can’t do – without them, I would never have taken the huge leap to study in Paris for a year! At Hollins you are challenged every day to expand your worldview and to learn new things, and that’s exactly what this French program has done for me – both in Paris and here on campus. Merci, merci, merci!Liza Davis '19, French and communication studies major
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
Learning Other Languages Opened Up an Entire World
For me, the value of knowing another language is two-fold. On the one hand, knowing other languages greatly facilitates my work as a researcher in West Africa as I rely on both French and Arabic to conduct interviews and access colonial and local archives. On the other, learning other languages opened up an entire world of travel, cultural understanding, and social interaction. Not only am I able to read through documents and exchange with other scholars abroad but, more importantly, I have developed and maintained meaningful friendships across time and space. My courses and learning experiences at Hollins and in Paris established an important framework and base from which I could then explore these career aspirations and personal interests.Erin Pettigrew, Assistant Professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies, New York University - Abu Dhabi