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French

Beyond the language. Beyond the art. Beyond the architectural marvels you could recognize in a split second—the Eifel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre—what is it exactly that accounts for the world’s fascination with all things France?

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Historically, the French language and culture have held enormous sway over the West. Today, French maintains its influence as an official language for a broad swath of the world’s population. Since the fall of the Roman Empire and the gradual disappearance of Latin as a living language, French literature and culture has steered European literatures, cultures, and politics. It is now the native or administrative language not only of the 60 million citizens of continental France, but of over 200 million more people in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the Pacific.

McDaniel’s French program provides courses from the elementary level for students who would like to start learning the language all the way to the advanced level. The faculty teaches language and culture using film, multimedia strategies, and other contemporary sources.

Future Career Paths

With a firm grasp of French language and culture, you’ll be equipped to explore careers in fields such as:

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • International relations
  • International business
  • Education
  • National security
  • Translation

Distinctive Courses

FRE 1101 - Elementary French

The acquisition of oral/aural skills through intensive exposure to French used both as the medium of communication and the object of study. It enables the student accurately to express his or her daily experiences in spoken and written French, and to understand communications of a moderate level of difficulty.

FRE 1131 - Culture of France

A study of influences that have molded France through the ages, with insights into all aspects of French culture (geography, history, the arts, folklore, gastronomy, etc.).
This course is taught in English.

FRE 1123 - The French-Speaking World

An examination of French-speaking countries outside of Europe – especially Africa and the Caribbean – prior to, during, and after the establishment of French colonial rule. Special attention is given to the ways different cultures have reacted, in economic, religious, sociological, artistic, and literary spheres, to the experience of French hegemony.
This course is taught in English.

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Special Opportunities

McDaniel’s women’s basketball team in France.

Living Abroad

The department requires students majoring in foreign languages to live abroad for one semester. Our recent majors have studied for a semester at Université Saint-Louis, our affiliated campus in Brussels, Belgium; at the Université de Bourgogne-Dijon in France; at the Université Catholique de Paris, at the Université de Grenoble in France, and at the Université Laval in Québec.

McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Connor Norton, Political Science and Computer Science major, in Belgium during his study abroad experience in Brussels.

There’s no place like Brussels for a Political Science major studying French

Connor Norton's study abroad in Brussels began as an adventure and way to fulfill credits and requirements toward his degree, but it evolved into an experience that would forever change the Honors Political Science and Computer Science major’s life.