ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study French at Goucher?
Because you know that studying language means more than just learning a new vocabulary—it means engaging new cultures, perspectives, and ways of thinking. You want to immerse yourself in French, speaking it, reading it, writing it, thinking it, and putting it to use in the world, both at home and in the places where it is spoken every day.
The French Program connects deep understanding and exploration of language with the kind of broad, interdisciplinary study that you can only get at a liberal arts institution—and enables you to put your learning into practice through study abroad, service-learning, and internship opportunities.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
French majors are expected to read, write, and speak the language accurately and fluently. The French major is organized along two tracks: literature and culture/civilization. Literature students are expected to know the main facts of its development, including historical and social background, and to demonstrate ability for critical appreciation. Culture and civilization students are expected to be familiar with the general political, economic, and intellectual trends of the society studied and to be able to contextualize these historically.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Goucher students choose from a rich array of courses on French society, cinema, and literature. Students learn the codes of contemporary French culture, the origins and shape of contemporary social diversity in France, and the culture of Francophone regions in Africa and the Caribbean.
Majors are required to complete 30 credits chosen from courses at the 200 and 300 levels, including three at the 400 level. French minors must accumulate a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 and 300 levels, with at least one course at the 400 level, and one Goucher-sponsored study-abroad program in the target language.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
French Major: Kathryn St. Ours
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Melanie Giraud, Visiting professor of French
Mark Ingram, Professor of French
Flo Martin, Professor of French
Jeanne-Rachel Leroux, Visiting instructor of French; Co-director of Language House
Kathryn St. Ours, Associate professor of French
Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Henriette Leanos, Associate professor of French
Fred Musser, Associate Professor of French
Wolf Thormann, Professor of French
By studying abroad, choosing 3-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher language students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information
Gateway to Paris
Combines daily French language instruction at the Sorbonne and exploration of Paris. The semester-long program uses the city as its text, investigating its past and present and highlighting the main issues facing French society. In the Applied French Practicum, students choose from three types of "mini-internship" field experience to form an individualized learning program.
IFE Field Study and Internship
The semester-long IFE program places students in a work environment in Paris, Brussels, or Strasbourg, usually in a government agency, business, or nonprofit organization. Students also conduct field research, delving into an issue and producing a 30-page independent study in French under the guidance of a French scholar.
French Theatre in Paris and Marseille
A three-week experiential introduction to the dynamic world of the contemporary French theatre in Avignon, Marseille, and Paris. Develops language and theatre skills in immersion settings and explores theatre as a window into contemporary French society. The capstone production (in which students may perform) is part of the Goucher Theatre program's fall season. Visit the French Theatre in Paris and Marseille page for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
Internships in Francophone Europe
IFE allows students to choose from a wide range of internship opportunities in France's parliament and ministries, museums, social and environmental groups, and other organizations, and immerse fully in the day-to-day life of contemporary France.