French Major

Acquire fluency in French and become familiar with contemporary approaches to the language, literature and culture.

As a French major or minor, you will rigorously study French and Francophone language, literature and culture in class discussions that stress the use of French in real-life situations with practical vocabulary, an inductive approach to grammar and hands-on activities.

Your courses will be interdisciplinary, exploring history, film, visual arts, philosophy, political theory, feminism, psychoanalysis, cultural and film studies, and the latest in popular culture. You may spend a semester abroad in France, Cameroon, Senegal or Morocco.

You will graduate as an effective French speaker and writer and a critical reader of the great works of French literature, including Molière, Proust, Beckett and Sartre.

In class with Professor Margaret Waller
In class with Professor Margaret Waller
Games at the annual French retreat
Games at the annual French retreat
Divita French Class
In class with professor David Divita

What You’ll Study

    • Advanced grammar and composition
    • An introductory course in literary analysis
    • Courses on aspects of French culture
    • Courses in Francophone literature across the centuries
    • Senior thesis or senior paper with oral presentation
220 million
More than 220 million people speak French.

Learning at Pomona

Charlotte Cheah

WW2/Liberty in French Films

Charlotte Cheah ’23 conducted an independent research project on French films, allowing her to delve into new topics while benefiting from the breadth and depth of experience of the professors.

Max Kilman ’23
Max Kilman ’23

What I have found most rewarding about the French Department is the faculty’s sincere interest and support of my wide-ranging academic endeavors in French, art history, and anthropology. My French advisor and professors continue to challenge me to step out of my comfort zone, wrestle with questions I never knew I had, and participate in an amiable French-learning community. Take a French course; you won’t regret it!

Faculty & Teaching

Our French language professors are experienced, distinguished and multidisciplinary. Their wide-ranging areas of expertise include Enlightenment thought, text and image, interactions in the Avant-garde, gender studies and film analysis. Class size is limited, so you will receive their close attention.

Professor Margaret Waller

Bonjour! You won’t find a friendlier or more enthusiastic group of professors anywhere. Our courses are highly varied—from beginning French to the most advanced courses in French and francophone literature, culture, arts, cinema, history and linguistics. All of them will engage, surprise and enlighten you. What better way to prepare for our study abroad programs in France, Cameroon or Senegal?