FRH 301 Pensez Français: The French Cultural Experience
Conversation and composition based on modern texts and/or films about France and Francophone countries.
Major in French at Connecticut College and you will develop linguistic and cultural fluency, regardless of your starting point. The benefits of studying French extend far beyond knowledge of the language and the Francophone world. When you speak only one language, it's hard to grasp the extent to which language itself shapes our thoughts, perceptions and values. As a French major, you step outside your own linguistic framework and acquire a different view of the world. You learn to recognize and value cultural differences and to look at issues from different perspectives. With this understanding, you are well-prepared for advanced studies and career opportunities in a limitless range of fields.
Many courses are co-offered with other academic departments, including anthropology, film studies, and gender and women’s studies. Classes are small and faculty are attentive. You are challenged to hone your critical thinking skills and augment your language study with the perspectives and analytical modes of many disciplines. Some French majors pursue a certificate with one of the College's centers for interdisciplinary scholarship or with the museum studies program.
You can hone your language skills on campus in the language lab or at the French table in Knowlton Language House's international dining room. As a French major, you study abroad for at least one semester and possibly an entire year. Many students go to France, but in recent years, others have studied literature and native crafts in Senegal and Cameroon, family health and economic development in Mali, and environmental issues in Madagascar.
James Austin lectures frequently on Proust and on film in the United States and internationally. He is also an associate faculty member in the Film Studies program.
Ronan Chalmin's teaching interests include Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment; revolution and counter-revolution in France; The Libertin in the 17 and/or 18th century fiction; The Honnête Homme in the 17-18th centuries; utopia and dystopia (Renaissance-20th century); metamorphosis of the self (Renaissance-19th century) and the cinematic adaptation of novels and plays (18th-21st centuries.)
Nathalie Etoke has taught a first-year seminar, France/Africa: An Encounter; Conversations on Post-Colonial Africa; Pensez Francais I: French Cultural Experience and Contemporary Issues in Francophonie; Pensez Francais I: French Cultural Experience; Black Blanc Beur Cinema/Literature; and French 407: La Caraïbe Francophone hier et aujourd'hui ( Slavery, memory and identity through literature and film).
Benjamin Williams' teaching interests are poetry, painting, gastronomy and phonetics. His research is in French symbolism and Belle Époque culture - poetry, periodicals and painting.
A: When I arrived at Connecticut College, I had four years of high-school French and had been to France on a two-week exchange program. I heard good things about the French Department's professors and the attention they give to the majors.
A: "French Cinema" and "Introduction to Literary Analysis." The cinema course was all in French. We learned how films are made, why certain angles were used for certain images and the points that filmmakers tried to get across in a certain style. "Introduction to Literary Analysis" was demanding, with a lot of work. But I came to appreciate a subject in which I hadn't had much experience.
A: The summer after my junior year I did a two-month internship with a wine marketing company in Montpellier, France. I worked almost entirely in French and was given a lot responsibility. I traveled around France to wine functions. The internship helped me understand how businesses are organized and run in France.