The French Program at Trinity College offers numerous possibilities for studies in French and Francophone cultures. Students who take courses in French benefit from small and intimate classes that emphasize both interactive and individualized approaches to language education. Students of French will enhance their academic experience at Trinity by acquiring skills that will not only be useful after college, but that will be part of the lifelong process of cultural discovery. Courses in French language, literature, Francophone cultures, and film are offered by an enthusiastic faculty that encourages intellectual challenge, critical thinking, and social interaction in a cultural context.
Since French is the second most commonly taught second language in the world, and is among the most widely spoken languages, students will find many opportunities to apply their skills in French. French is an official and/or administrative language in over 50 countries worldwide. In addition it is one of the official languages of organizations such as the European Union, the United Nations, Interpol, and Amnesty International among numerous others.
Students learn French at Trinity in a variety of events outside the classroom; the French table, outings to museums, dinners in faculty homes, and the French Club, which integrates curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students who major in French are strongly encouraged to study in a French-speaking country either through Trinity in Paris or another Francophone program.
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Kendall Hall '16
Leveraging a background as a French major, I have found countless instances where both linguistically and culturally my experience at Trinity and abroad have been helpful post-graduation. When applying for the analyst position, a portion of my interview was conducted in French and we even ended up discussing my thesis on the philosophers Sartre and Camus during our conversation.
Emily Turner '18
My name is Emily Turner, and I graduated from Trinity in 2018, where I majored in English and French. I’m working now at a small school in Cape Cod called “Falmouth Academy,” and I teach French to students who are between 13 and 15 years old. I really like teaching beginner French because it’s a good opportunity for me to review French grammar rules that I’ve forgotten! This summer, I’m going to start a French master’s degree at Middlebury College, which I’m really excited to do. It’s all thanks to the department of French at Trinity and the Trinity-in-Paris program that I’m ready to take this on. I give the French department at Trinity five stars! Merci, et au revoir!
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