About the Department

The objective of the French major is to learn about French culture directly through its language and principally by way of its literature. Emphasis in courses is upon examination of significant authors or problems rather than on chronological survey. We read texts closely from a modern critical perspective, but without isolating them from their cultural context.

Department of French

Au Concert

Au Concert
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1896. Photo courtesy of Mead Art Museum, Amherst College.

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