The French major and minor build linguistic skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and knowledge of French and Francophone cultures, history, memory, literature and film. The department offers courses in conversation, composition and reading, history, contemporary French and Francophone cultures, and Special Topics. The major concludes with a Senior Seminar Project; in consultation with a professor, the student works on a research topic of his/her choice.
Courses are taught in French, and majors write papers and examinations in French.
Objectives & Goals
- French history
- French literature, art and film
- Francophone (French-speaking) cultures
- French business and politics (and the role of France and other Francophone countries)
- International relations (specific focus on the role of France within the European context)
- Business practices in French-speaking contexts
- Religion and philosophy in France
Advanced language proficiency in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking
Students use their native and acquired languages to learn from and work cooperatively across cultures with global team members, sharing responsibility and making necessary compromises while working toward a common goal.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Students frame, analyze and synthesize information as well as negotiate meaning across language and culture in order to explore problems and issues from their own and different perspectives.
Creativity and Innovation
Students access, manage and effectively use culturally-authentic sources in ethical and legal ways.
Students evaluate authentic sources to understand how media reflect and influence language and culture.
Students use appropriate technologies when interpreting messages, interacting with others and producing written, oral and visual messages.
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Students set their own goals and reflect on their progress as they grow and improve their linguistic and cultural competence.
Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
Students understand diverse cultural perspectives and use appropriate socio-linguistic skills in order to function in diverse cultural and linguistic contexts.
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Students leverage their linguistic and cross-cultural skills to inspire others to be fair, accepting, open and understanding within and beyond the local community.
Is This Program for Me?
All types of personalities are suited to this program.
What Makes Us Different?
Small classes, summer and/or semester study abroad program in France or in a Francophone country. Upper-level courses focus on contemporary events and texts from the Francophone world. Recent Special Topics courses have included: History of French Cinema, World War II and Memory in French Texts, Francophone literature and film of Africa and the Diaspora, Francophone Literature of North Africa.
Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
Tourism and Travel
Teaching (K-12 and university)
Graduate school (Medicine, Law, TESOL, French, English, Gender Studies, Linguistics)
Accolades & Alumni
TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France): Alyssa Gallas, Abby McAtee Gatliff, Julie Ann Wallis, William Kinslow, Holli Sconyers Herr, Cole Farmer
Teaching (K-12 and higher education)
Chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2005
President of the International Association for Language Learning Technology, 2009-2011
Fulbright-Hays to Egypt, 2005
Fulbright Scholarship to Tunisia, 2007-08
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service Grant), 2014
Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers’ Teacher of the Year Award (post-secondary), 2005
Lillian S. Robinson Scholars Program at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montreal, Québec, Canada, 2007
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, 2015
“Contest Administrator of the Year” Award, American Association of Teachers of French, 2015
Marlin Harris Award for Outstanding Service, Alabama World Languages Association, 2017