The major and minor
Students can major or minor in French. The major requires classes in literature, culture and a senior seminar. Majors must complete two units abroad, although most take a full semester or a year. Students who go abroad usually do so junior year. A minor includes six classes, three of which must be taken in residence at the Clark campus, with flexibility in class selection. View requirements for the major and minor.
The French program includes two teaching assistants from France who run the French language discussion sections, help with the classes and work with students individually.
Every year one graduating French major is selected to be a teaching assistant in France. Many of the students enrolled in the International Studies Stream join French language classes.
Related courses at local colleges
You might also be interested in cross-registering for some of the French language, literature and culture courses offered at nearby colleges that are members of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts.
The Department has a special exchange relationship with the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. The study abroad program at the University of Burgundy has been designed to meet the needs of Clark students. It offers students the opportunity to take courses from the regular U.B. undergraduate curriculum ("La Faculté") with French students, as well as courses in French for foreign students ("français langue étrangère") at U. B.'s Centre Internationale d' Études Françaises. Learn more at the Study Abroad Office
The coordinator of the French program is Professor Odile Ferly. She is happy to answer any questions, whether they be about language placement and major requirements, teaching assistants, or French program events.