To learn a new language is to open a door to the ideas and insights of another country, offering students a liberating experience which broadens their perspective on the world and on their own language and culture as well. Hartwick's French program introduces students to the rich Francophone world through courses in French literature and civilization as well as in French language. Whether students pursue courses in French as part of their liberal arts education, or complete a major or a minor program in the language, they gain a breadth of perspective and useful skills that will prove valuable in the coming years. French language and literature courses are offered at various levels to enable majors as well as other students to pursue a coherent program of study appropriate to their needs. Students who have never studied French should register for Elementary French 101; French 101,102 and 201 constitute the introductory sequence. (Only 200 level and beyond courses may be counted toward the major or minor in French.) After consulting with the French staff, students majoring in other disciplines may enroll in any French course for which they are qualified.
Students who wish to pursue an in-depth study in French may major solely in French, or combine it with a second major in another discipline. French majors also may earn teacher certification in the language. Students with a strong interest in more than one discipline also might choose to combine a major in that discipline with a minor in French. Requirements for the major, as well as the minor, in French are designed to assure that students receive a balanced program of courses in language, culture and civilization, and literature. Course choices within these areas, and the need to select additional courses to complete their programs, offer students the flexibility to tailor their studies to their interests and career plans. We also encourage students to go beyond the minimal requirements for the French major to develop a background in a complementary field.
Because study abroad enhances and reinforces classroom learning, allowing students to use their language skills and experience the culture firsthand, we also strongly recommend that all students majoring or minoring in the language participate in at least one study abroad program. The department conducts a January Term program in a Francophone country in alternate years: in 2011 students traveled to Nice, France, and in 2013 students will travel to Dakar, Senegal. Students also may enroll in affiliated programs administered by other colleges for one or more semesters.
Language graduates are prepared for a range of career opportunities in a variety of fields, as well as for graduate and professional study. Recent Hartwick graduates with a major in French are employed in fields such as finance, education, and international trade.
Three-Year Degree Option:
For students majoring in French, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program Web site at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.