French and Francophone Studies

The French and Francophone Studies department offers courses, which acknowledge the richness and diversity of French-speaking cultures. At HWS, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in French language and culture by participating in one of the study abroad programs offered through the Center for Global Education.

French and Francophone Studies

Student Profile: Willa Dow '21

Willa Dow '21

Majors: French and Francophone Studies and International Relations

“I love languages so I chose to take Arabic my first year. Later, Associate Professor Courtney Wells overheard me speaking French and asked me to take a course, which helped reinvigorate my passion for the language. The classes I have taken since have improved my grammar, reading and writing but more importantly helped me learn new aspects of Francophone culture.”

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French and Francophone Studies News

Women’s Health and Rights: Maguire ’69 Recalls Career in New Memoir

Mon, 15 Mar 2021

Liz Maguire 69Elizabeth “Liz” Shires Maguire ’69 looks back on a four-decade career in public health — and imparts advice on leadership and mentorship — in her new memoir. Sometimes opportunity knocks.…

J-Term Class Explores the Troubadours

Thu, 21 Jan 2021

Wells Courtney Virtual Teaching AFarid 0021DUSeveral students in the J-term course “Troubadours: Songs of Love, War and Redemption in Medieval Southern France,” participated in a Q&A about their studies for the HWS Update. The students…

Connecting Climate Change and Colonialism in Africa

Tue, 29 Dec 2020

Willa Dow DUAs a 2020 Woodworth Fellow, Willa Dow ’21 researched the impact of the French colonial legacy on the economies and environmental outlooks of four central African countries. Willa Dow ’21…

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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Ato K. B. Bentsi-Enchill '17

Current Position: Owner, 8 volta work spaces; Director, Black Adam Africa Capital

Current Location: Accra, Ghana

Majors: International Relations and French and Francophone Studies

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Sample Courses

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Intermediate French I
This course is for students who have successfully completed the elementary sequence or equivalent. Students practice oral/aural skills as well as review fundamentals of French grammar. This course uses French as the principal language of instruction in the classroom. Prerequisite: FRN 102 or equivalent, placement, or permission of the instructor.