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The major in French requires a thorough knowledge of the language, and is a study of various forms of literature, culture, films, and music. Many great philosophical and political thinkers, poets, and novelists have written in French, and studying authors such as Rimbaud, Moliere, Proust, and Rousseau in their original language adds much more to the texts. The French major also incorporates the study of contemporary music and film as well as current events, politics, and cultural studies.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The French department at Hopkins allows students to build a solid core of French knowledge, and then choose what subjects they would like to investigate further. Students may choose from French literature along many themes and authors; political or philosophical, fictional or historical. There are also options to study contemporary French culture, French films, phonetics, or business French. Additionally, students are encouraged to study abroad, either through the exchange program with Sciences Po in Paris, or through another approved program of their choice.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • The appropriate level of French
  • History, anthropology, and/or political science courses that focus on France or French topics
  • Consider an elective N, Q, or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective S course
  • Elective course
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in French;

  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Analyzing and translating content
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Comparing translations and interpretations
  • Reporting and editing information

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