The French Department is one of the larger departments at Wellesley College, with about 30 majors graduating each year.
The Department of French offers students the opportunity to achieve oral and written linguistic competence and to study the history, literature, film, arts, and philosophy of France and francophone countries. Courses in the department are designed to increase students' abilities of self-expression, enhance their cross-cultural understanding, and accustom them to looking at their own culture from a fresh perspective.
Beginning classes utilize French in Action, a series of videotaped materials prepared by Wellesley College, Yale University, and Public Broadcasting Service. All courses are conducted in French, and courses at all levels draw on Wellesley's Knapp Media Center. Students may choose from more than 30 courses, including Perspectives on French Culture and Society; Saint-Germain-des-Prés; Versailles and the Age of Louis XIV; Images of Women in French Film; and Women, Language, and Literary Expression.
The French Department is proud to provide a strong base in Wellesley's tradition of liberal arts education (see this 2014 report on the long-term professional success of liberal arts majors).