The French Department at Manhattanville College encourages the study of the French language, since learning a language opens windows to different cultures and ways of thinking.
The Department aims to develop the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking French within the classroom and through the study abroad program in France. Students can choose to major or minor in French, or just take French to improve or brush up on their French-language skills. Students can choose from an array of courses in the language, literature, and culture of France and the French-speaking world. They can combine their study of French with other disciplines such as International Studies, International Business, Law, Economics, Music, Film and Art History.
The French Department currently has an exchange program with the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier III, located in Montpellier, France.
The French Department also co-sponsors the International Film Festival held at Manhattanville College every spring.
A major in French prepares students for a career in a number of professions including higher education, translation, interpretation, law, international relations, government, non-profit organiziations, international organizations, and business.
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Student Learning Goals for French Majors
1. Students must demonstrate the ability to read, write, listen, and speak at the advanced level according to American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines.
2. Students must develop conversational skills in everyday and specialized con texts and integrate the development of advanced conversational language skills with literature and culture.
3. Students must be able to write interpretive and expository essays, and/or develop creative work related to the French-speaking world and its history, recognizing key periods, genres, modes and techniques in the literature of the French-speaking world.
4. Students must describe, contextualize, and interpret French texts, films, and cultural and historical documents in written and oral reports developing critical thinking skills by establishing connections between literary works and/or films and their cultural/historical traditions.
5. Students must be able to write interpretive and expository essays on literary texts, films and their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts, as well as interpret and explain the texts of one major literary movement, historical period in French cinema, or cultural period.
6. Students must demonstrate information literacy skills with the Internet and other multimedia in French.