Department of French

The study of French at Agnes Scott explores all aspects of the culture, such as language, art, literature, history, film and autobiography. Because of this broad-based knowledge, students in the French program gain a well-rounded, inclusive education that allows them to apply their knowledge to future academic or professional careers.

What will I study?
Creative thinking and an independent analytical approach are standard in the French classroom. All courses are designed to develop students’ proficiency in the understanding, speaking and writing of the French language and to foster knowledge of French and Francophone cultures.

Students are encouraged to spend a semester or a year abroad to expand their knowledge of French and Francophone cultures. Courses of foreign study recently selected by students included French literature and the culture at the Sorbonne, French linguistics and literature at l’Université Catholique l’Ouest at Angers and African economics and the French language in Sénégal.

Why should I study French at Agnes Scott?

  • Hands-on, Experiential Learning Opportunities
    From spending a semester abroad to spending a week studying the Enlightenment in France, students have incredible opportunities to supplement their classroom study with real-world experiences. 
  • Campus Involvement
    Many French students are members of the French Club and French Honor Society, whose missions are to share French and Francophone culture with members of the Agnes Scott community. The organizations sponsor an annual French film series, as well as other community-wide events.
  • Accessibility to a Native Speaker 
    Every year the program is joined by a teaching assistant from a French-speaking country, whose responsibilities include working alongside members of the full-time faculty in grammar classes and teaching intermediate conversation. The teaching assistant offers Agnes Scott students an incredible opportunity to receive expert instruction.

What can I do with this degree?
With a degree in French, you will gain a broad understanding of the scope of the French language, as well as become proficient in French. As a graduate, you can:

  • Work as a translator
  • Work as a high school French teacher
  • Volunteer with the Peace Corps
  • Continue your education in graduate or law school
  • Pursue an international business career