The French major at Principia Colleges provides a strong foundation in all aspects of the French language and culture. Coursework emphasizes fundamental language skills including oral fluency and comprehension, the ability to speak and write correctly, and how to understand and analyze various texts written in French. It equips students with knowledge of French history and civilization, an understanding of French society and the Francophone world through literature, film, and other media, and an appreciation of the cultures and values of the French-speaking world.
The Department of Languages and Cultures also offers a Language Certificate in both French and Spanish, which is available to majors and non-majors alike. The certificate recognizes students' proficiency in the language based on the standards of the nationally-recognized ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) test. With global business being conducted more and more in languages other than English, the certificate provides another way for students to prepare for success in multilingual environments.