French Department

French Department

In courses for the major, students refine their oral and written French, gain intercultural competence, and develop analytical skills through the study of Francophone contemporary cultures, civilizations, and literature.

French Program, Department of Romance Languages

A major in French extends students’ liberal arts education and multicultural competence by studying Francophone cultures, civilizations, and literature. In their studies, students develop and enhance their oral communication skills, written language skills, analytical thinking, and familiarity with diverse perspectives which are sought by employers and graduate schools today.

220

Million French Speakers in the world

1 of 6

Official languages of the United Nations

25

Countries in which French is an official language

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La Maison Francophone

La Maison Francophone

At Maison francophone, students of French benefit from an immersive language and culture environment.

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Interim & Semester Study Abroad

Interim & Semester Study Abroad

The department of Romance Languages encourages its students to spend at least an Interim, preferably a semester or year, studying in France or in a francophone area.

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Alumni

Alumni

Through the Piper Center, students can find more information about life after graduation from St. Olaf. They have prepared resources profiling recent alumni from the French program, including representative First Destinations and alumni contact information.

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Major Courses

Major Courses

In courses for the major, students refine their oral and written French, gain intercultural competence, and develop analytical skills through the study of Francophone contemporary cultures, civilizations, and literature.