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French and Francophone Studies

The French program emphasizes listening, reading, writing, and speaking in all language courses. The department also offers courses in French literature and the literatures of Francophone Africa, Canada, Asia, and the Antilles. Most Kalamazoo College students participate in the study abroad program. For students interested in French, there are study abroad opportunities in Strasbourg and Clermont-Ferrand in France and in Dakar, Senegal.

Course work and off-campus experiences are complemented by on-campus opportunities that maintain or improve a student's language skills. Viewing French language films, reading French publications, conversing with native speakers, participating in language organizations, and eating at the French table in the dining hall are among the opportunities offered.

Faculty members meet students inside and outside the classroom, participate in campus activities, and counsel students regarding career choices in foreign service, music, high school and college instruction, science, publishing, international trade, international banking, and other fields. French majors at Kalamazoo College have traditionally done well in obtaining French government teaching Romance Languages and Literature assistantships for teaching English in France.

Please see the links at left for more detailed information about courses and requirements.