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French & Francophone Studies

Preparing Your Career, Building Language Skills

Wondering if world languages and cultures are a fit for graduate or professional school? Thinking about a double major? Advanced proficiency in French and a dynamic understanding of the French-speaking world can be excellent preparation for work in a wide range of professional fields, such as:

  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • International Business
  • Diplomacy
  • Banking
  • Law
  • International aid and development

Wooster graduates with a major or double major in French & Francophone Studies distinguish themselves from most American applicants to top graduate programs, and they increase the number of places they are qualified to work and study.

Personal Paths, Collaborative Work

At Wooster, you can develop advanced proficiency in French while also gaining in-depth knowledge of France and the French-speaking world. Students enjoy charting their own courses, by focusing on the regions, countries, and issues that they find most compelling. Thanks to our broad array of courses, you can pursue studies in language, culture, literature, film, history, and society. We embrace interdisciplinary studies. You will find creative and powerful ways to combine your interest in French and Francophone Studies with your work in other disciplines, including the sciences.

Versatile Academic Preparation, Exciting Practical Experiences

Build your résumé with opportunities such as:

  • La Maison francophone, an immersion-style residence hall suite led each year by a French-speaking Fulbright assistant
  • A wide range of study abroad programs
  • Competitive fellowships to support domestic and international internships
  • Language tutor, research assistant, departmental assistant, or TA positions
  • Student event planning team for our yearly French and Francophone Film Festival

Luce Language Labs and Global Cafe

Luce Residential Hall houses five language suites (Chinese, French, German, Spanish & Russian), which provide students with a living/learning environment focused on developing foreign language skills.

The Global Cafe, located in the lower level of Luce, is a place for socializing, learning about other cultures, and enjoying the company of other language learners.

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Faculty & Staff

Cynthia D. Bernardy

Cynthia D. Bernardy

Academic Administrative Coordinator for Chinese Studies, Classical Studies, English, French & Francophone Studies, German Studies, Russian Studies, and Spanish

cbernardy@wooster.edu

Laura Burch

Laura Burch

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

lburch@wooster.edu

Marion Duval

Associate Professor and Department Chair of French and Francophone Studies

mduval@wooster.edu

Harry Gamble

Harry Gamble

Inez K. Gaylord Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Pathway Liaison (On leave Fall 2024)

hgamble@wooster.edu

Anne McCall

President, Professor of French and Francophone Studies

president@wooster.edu

Lisa Perfetti

Lisa Perfetti

Provost, Professor of French and Francophone Studies

lperfetti@wooster.edu


Latest French and Francophone Studies News

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Wooster grad selected for two-year Peace Corps service in Africa

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Major

Eleven courses are required to complete a major in French and Francophone Studies, including French language, literature and culture courses.

To assure linguistic competence and in-depth understanding of Francophone cultures, the department strongly encourages study off-campus and will provide guidance on choosing a study abroad program. All majors should normally plan to spend at least a semester in a French-speaking country.

 

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Minor

Six courses are required to complete a minor in French and Francophone Studies, including language, literature and culture courses. Students are encouraged to study off-campus to build language skills and The College of Wooster provides guidance and support in choosing a study-abroad program.

 

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Independent Study

Working closely with a faculty mentor, each senior major completes an extended yearlong project that typically culminates in an original research paper. The subjects of I.S. projects vary widely, depending on student interests and goals. Senior projects may explore culture, literature, film, society, history, or language and linguistics. In certain cases, students with the appropriate training may choose to produce artistic works, such as novellas, collections of poetry, or short films.

Senior I.S. projects focus on many different parts of the French-speaking world, from European contexts (France, Switzerland, Belgium) to the twenty-six countries that comprise francophone Africa. Some students explore francophone locations in the Americas, such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, and Quebec. In many cases, Senior I.S. projects connect two or more geographic contexts. Study abroad experiences very often inform I.S. projects, whether directly or indirectly.

 

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Alumni

Wooster graduates with a major or double major in French & Francophone Studies distinguish themselves from most American applicants to top graduate programs, and they increase the number of places they are qualified to work and study.


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Prizes & Scholarships

The Willis C. and Scott L. Behoteguy Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a major in French and Francophone Studies who has demonstrated high academic achievement and promise. Second preference shall be given to a student majoring in Global and International Studies, with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. Recipients must also demonstrate financial need.

The Frances Guille-Secor Memorial Fund provides scholarship income to a student who has demonstrated high achievement in French and Francophone Studies as well as in other academic work.

The G. Pauline Ihrig Fund awards a scholarship annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in French and Francophone Studies. Recipients also need to demonstrate financial need.

The John W. Olthouse Prize is awarded to the major who has the highest standing in French and Francophone Studies at the end of the senior year.

The Mary Sanborn Allen Prize is awarded to a student majoring in a foreign language who has greatly benefited from study outside the United States.

** Please note: In determining prize recipients, the department considers a number of factors, including not only academic success, but also depth of involvement with our program and curriculum. Preference may be given to students who take more than the minimum number of courses and participate regularly in departmental cultural activities.

Faculty Emeriti

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Jerri Lynn Baxstrom

Professor Emerita, French and Francophone Studies

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Carolyn Durham

Professor Emerita, French and Francophone Studies

cdurham@wooster.edu

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David J. Wilkin

Professor Emeritus, French and Francophone Studies