List some questions or areas that you think reflect questions that guide the overall intellectual inquiry of this major.
How do we define the French/francophone world?
Why is French a global language and what role does it play in global politics?
How can French help me achieve my academic, professional, and personal goals?
Why is French the second most important language in the business world?
How can studying French make you more marketable when seeking a job? How can studying a world language make you more creative and help you think outside the box?
What is culture? How do people in French-speaking countries build a shared sense of their national identities and in what ways are these national cultures multiple or fractured? How do we understand diverse cultures through their historical narratives, their political, literary, social, and philosophical traditions, or their shared cultural practices such as sports, foodways, and music?
What counts as intercultural competency, and how might it prepare students for a diverse, increasingly global workforce? How does understanding a different cultural perspective change a student's own assumptions about what is natural, just, and expected?
List some approaches to mastering the intellectual skills and tools for problem solving that could be used in this major.
Being open minded, adventurous, and curious.
Taking risks and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Opening yourself up to the world by improving your ability to communicate with the roughly 270 million people who speak French from Europe to Africa and North America.
Developing critical thinking skills by analyzing complex questions in a variety of French-language texts.
Developing strong communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Developing research skills on topics ranging from literature to politics, history to music.
Improving your awareness of grammatical structures and thus improving your grammar in French AND English.
Becoming a global citizen through the examination of cultural texts and artifacts in their original language, without the filter of translation.
Walter J. Jensen Fellowship
The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship seeks to enrich, promote and improve education in the French language in the US through an award to educators and researchers to be used for education and study of French language, literature, and culture. The Fellowship is awarded for at least six continuous months of study in France and carries a stipend of $16,900, as well as a single round-trip, economy-class ticket to France. The fellowship is intended for applicants who convincingly demonstrate that an active use of the French language plays or will play a significant role in their current or future career; have a bachelor's degree in French language and literature from an accredited four-year institution; have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA; demonstrate superior competence in French, and are US Citizens. Deadline: January 20, 2023 https://www.pbk.org/