French Major & Minor
The French program builds students written and spoken language skills while also exploring cultural issues and institutions of France.
The French program aims to increase the fluency and accuracy of students’ communication in French and fostering a profound understanding and appreciation of key cultural aspects of France.
Students will learn more about the French educational systems, governments, politics and social norms, as well as French music, literature, and the arts and sciences.
Study Abroad Requirement for French Majors
All French majors are required to spend a semester abroad in a French-speaking country approved as part of a program of study or in one of the international internships sponsored by Stonehill College, and minors are encouraged to do the same.
Students may transfer back three pre-approved courses taken abroad to the major. Additional language courses may be pre-approved as general electives.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Stonehill is ranked among the best in the nation for sending students on semester-long study abroad programs. Our programs focus on developing global citizens and helping students meet both academic and personal goals. A student’s international experience is attractive to potential employers who seek applicants with global perspective and an understanding other cultures.
Places where Stonehill's languages, literatures and cultures majors have studied abroad:
- Heidelberg American Junior Year
- University of Berlin
- Grenoble Ecole de Management
- University of Paris, Sorbonne
- School for International Training
- Florence University of the Arts
- Umbra Institute in Perugia
- University of Barcelona
- University of Granada
- University of Madrid
- Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina)
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (Chile)
- Universidad Veritas (Costa Rica)
Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department
The French minor is part of the Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department at Stonehill.
The study of languages, literatures and cultures is a cornerstone of a liberal arts education. The Department offers coursework in seven languages.
Places where Stonehill graduates have recently been employed include:
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Catholic Charities
- French Embassy
- Fulbright Recipient (Ecuador)
- Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office
- Ropes & Gray LLP
- Teach for America
- World Teach
- Various school systems
Language experience is invaluable for those students seeking careers in:
- International Studies
- Healthcare Administration
- Political Science
Places where Stonehill graduates have recently attended a full- or part-time graduate program include:
- Aberystwyth University (Wales)
- Boston University
- Middlebury College
- Northeastern University
- Universidad Complutense (Madrid)
- University of Connecticut
- Universidad de Granada (Spain)
Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform significant, publishable, full-time research under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher.
RECENT LANGUAGES, LITERATURES & CULTURES EXAMPLES
- Alina Shklyarenko ’17 worked with John Golden, associate professor of foreign languages, on “Translating Alexander Blok’s ‘Vozmezdie.’” They have submitted for publication their work on previously untranslated sections of this important poem by the Russian symbolist.
- Michael Travers ’15 worked with Juan Carlos Martin, associate professor of Foreign Languages, on “Virtual Learning: Beyond the Classroom.”
- Spanish major Angela Moskawa ’14 workedwith Juan Carlos Martin, associate professor of Foreign Languages, on “Identity Crisis: Portrayals of the Posthuman in Spanish Narrative and Film.” This project strives to study the concept of post-humanity in Spanish narrative and film, focusing primarily on literary pieces and cinematic works written and produced during the past two decades.
- Laura Dzgoeva ’14 worked with John Golden, associate professor of foreign languages, on “Translating Alexander Blok.” Blok was a major Russian Symbolist poet; they translated several of his poems into English and have submitted some of their work for publication.