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Major and Minor
Faculty and professional interests
Caesar Akuetey (on-site director in Besançon, France 2015-16)
Francophone African literature, 19th century French literature, linguistics
Francophone literature (Maghreb) and francophone women writers, post-colonial Algeria, cultural identity and diaspora
French civilization from the Middle Ages to today; Francophone literatures from the 20th and 21st centuries; The Enlightenment: politics, culture, socioeconomics, arts and literatures; The history of the tale in France; The history and impact of France in Europe since the Renaissance
The program in French reflects Knox’s approach to foreign language study by emphasizing language as a gateway to another culture, another mode of thought and expression. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a full program of courses leading to a French major or complementing a major in another field of study. After establishing a foundation in basic language skills, French majors can pursue the study of French literature and culture in depth. The program in French began offering in Fall 1997 intensive introductory courses through the Quick-Start language program (see course description below).
Students interested in overseas study are strongly encouraged to participate in Knox’s program in Besançon, France.
The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:
Departmental Learning Goals
Students completing a major in French will:
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