For centuries, a classical liberal arts education has involved the study of foreign languages, as well as their cultures and histories. Few languages rival French in terms of the overall significance and the beauty that bursts forth throughout its arts, history, literature, and philosophy. With an emphasis on those liberal arts fundamentals, Hillsdale’s French program offers a robust opportunity to expand your understanding of France’s influence on the world. You’ll study the works of Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Flaubert to draw connections between French culture and our own. You’ll have the option to immerse yourself in the language and lifestyle at Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. “Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.” French is offered as both a major and minor.
"If a student wants to become a well-rounded individual with a critical mind, open to the world and strong in his or her values, this is the place."
Marie-Claire Morellec, French
"Learning is a life-altering adventure. It begins with the strangeness of discovery, a spark of curiosity, and, when pursued with vigor and sustained reflection, leads undeniably to a powerful transformation of the self."
Sherri Rose, French
"In all of my classes, from French 101 to 400-level courses in literature and culture, I try to foster a sense of community among my students. I want them to be comfortable to ask questions and to participate in discussions, but I also want them to be challenged to think critically and to ask new questions."
Anne Theobald, French
French Civilization and Culture IIRead More about "French Civilization and Culture II"
A study of French life and culture from the Revolution of 1789 to the 20th century.Read More about "French Civilization and Culture II"
Speaking and Writing FrenchRead More about "Speaking and Writing French"
A course designed to increase the student's range of self-expression in the speaking and writing of French.Read More about "Speaking and Writing French"
Classical French LiteratureRead More about "Classical French Literature"
A close reading of major works of the 17th-century Golden Age.Read More about "Classical French Literature"
Survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages through the Eighteenth CenturyRead More about "Survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century"
The major themes and movements of each period are examined through representative works.Read More about "Survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century"
The Institut de Touraine in Tours provides Hillsdale College students with a unique opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of French language and culture.
Pi Delta Phi
A national French honorary, Pi Delta Phi seeks to promote excellence in the study of French literature, language, and culture.