Ready to increase your social network, to visit new places, to access more magazines and websites, to enjoy more films and to follow what is happening in the world with insight?
Studying French at Converse can prepare you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be an effective local and global citizen, and give you that creative and competitive edge sought in our increasingly international workplace.
- Minor in French
About the French Program
Converse’s French minor is designed to offer the language skills necessary to truly begin understanding the Francophone cultures of Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. Offering a strong core of language courses that allow students to appreciate literature, culture and film without the barriers of translation, the program prepares students for a global environment characterized by increased need for cultural sensitivity.
- Close individual attention and guidance throughout a student’s course of study
- Intellectually stimulating coursework
- Dedicated and caring faculty
- Internship, research, and study-travel/abroad opportunities
We encourage students to:
- Explore their own values while developing a deep appreciation for those of others;
- Cultivate a deeper understanding of human diversity while recognizing the common humanity of all; and
- Hone the analytical skills needed for a complex, multilingual world.
On a recent study-travel trip to Paris and Tunisia, students visited historical sites like the Louvre, the Orangerie (home of Monet’s Water Lilies), the castle of Versailles, Ottoman Turk palaces, the ancient city of Carthage and certain sites of the Sahara (including the location where some of the Star Wars movies were filmed). They earned credit for a class called “Women of North Africa: Fact and Fiction.” Tunisian university students with similar interests adopted them for the trip, which gave an insider view of the country.
Every Converse student has the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Our students are more likely than their peers at other colleges to be funded by South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU).
Past internships have included:
- Embassy of France
- French Consul
- French Cultural Services
- French Trade Commission
Clubs & Organizations
- Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society
The offerings in French begin with core grammar, conversation, and composition courses that develop the skills necessary to interact meaningfully and knowledgeably with those from Francophone cultures. Once our French minors are working at a strong intermediate level, they can choose from courses that focus on the works long considered classics of French literature and theory as well as from courses that seek to understand contemporary trends in the French-speaking world through the study of lesser-known literary works and films. Our philosophy is that a Converse graduate should know both what has historically been revered and why, and what is of central importance to an increasingly rich and varied world formed of the meeting places of diverse peoples.
- Cajun and Creole Cultures (study-abroad program to New Orleans and Cajun country)
- On the Heels of the Post-Impressionists (study-abroad program to Paris and Provence)
- Women Writers of the Francophone Caribbean
- Francophone Seminar on Women Behind the Camera
- French/Creative Writing Course: Reading and Writing Women
What are common careers in French?
- Civil service
- Social work
- Library science
- Public relations
- Mission work
- Any career that requires you to be a creative and critical thinker, cross-cultural communicator and global citizen
What are French alumnae doing?
- French and Francophone Studies, Ohio State University
- History, East Tennessee State University
- International Relations, American Military Institute
- University of Georgia School of Law
- New England School of Law
- Lawyer, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Greenville, SC
- French-Language Sales Consultant, Condar Canada
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission