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Academic Excellence in French

French and Francophone Studies 01 copySeniors in the French and Francophone Studies Department were recognized for outstanding academics at the end of the spring semester as they presented their senior capstone portfolios, were inducted into the French National Honor Society and were awarded The Certificate of Excellence in French and Francophone Studies.

Presenting their capstone projects were: Nathan Cameron ’17, Chalwyn Caulker ’17, Emily Friend ’17, Maggie Nalbone ’17, August Savarese ’17, Laurie VanBenschoten ’17 and Diana Weston ’17. The capstone projects serve as a compilation of knowledge of the French language and culture during their four years as a student.

Weston, whose portfolio focused on a narrative based on philosopher René Descartes’ use of the word “le voyage” or “the journey” in his works.

“I wrote about the ‘voyage’ that I experienced throughout my four years at HWS,” Weston says. “It was during this time when I learned about the importance and value of a true liberal arts education. HWS gave me the opportunity to explore my interests on both an academic and personal level, and I am sincerely grateful for that.”

French and Francophone Studies 02In addition, Cameron, Caulker, Friend, Nalbone, Weston, VanBenschoten, as well as Ato Bentsi-Enchill ’17 and Karoline Loretan ’17 were inducted into the French National Honor Society and received The Certificate of Excellence in French and Francophone Studies.

Induction into the French National Honor Society is considered to be the highest academic honor in the field of French, and requires a 3.0 GPA and strong academic record.

The Certificate of Excellence in French and Francophone studies is the most prestigious award given to HWS French and Francophone Studies students. Beyond the program requirements of a Senior portfolio, graduating seniors who are awarded the Certificate must have a GPA of 3.5 or above, have achieved a high level of language and cultural competency through an internship experience, and have demonstrated in their portfolio the ability to apply, across the liberal arts curriculum, in dialogue with other disciplines, the linguistic, literary, cultural and critical skills they have learned in their French and Francophone Studies major.

“It is rigorous, so the students who earn a Certificate truly stand out from other excellent students in French,” says Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouët.