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French and Francophone Studies

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Major in Global and Cultural Studies:

French and Francophone Studies

The contributions of French-speaking cultures stretch across the globe, especially in the areas of food culture, fashion, theater, the visual arts, cinema and architecture. As a French and Francophone studies major at Linfield University, you will acquire the skills you need to communicate effectively with people and ideas throughout the Francophone world. Immerse yourself in one-on-one conversations with our assistant from France, join the French Club and study abroad at one of our sites in France in Angers, Aix-en-Provence, or Bourgogne.

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As a French and francophone studies major at Linfield

you might take:

French Culture and Free Expression

Fine-tune your linguistic skills and reach conversation-level French. (GLFR 202)

Introduction to African Cinema

Analyze North African and Sub-Saharan films through active class discussion, group presentations, and participation in Portland’s African Film Festival. (GLFA 215)

French Civilization II

Discover aspects of French history and culture from 1789 to the present: the structure of French society, its institutions, and its values. (GLFR 312)

Studying French and Francophone studies at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in the target language of study on a variety of topics related to interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes, both in academic and professional contexts and in a culturally appropriate fashion

    Critically analyze through cultural products such as film, literature and other media, cultural practices and historical contexts that have shaped the target culture

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  • Develop an understanding of and respect for diverse values and perspectives as portrayed in the communities of the target culture

    Engage in civic learning to gain insights into global and local citizenry

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  • Reflect upon personal experiences in the target culture to transfer learning to new, complex situations.

    Develop a broad interdisciplinary approach and generate informed perspectives, insights, and/or appreciations to various cultural products, such as films, literature, and media from the target culture

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  • Engage societal issues in the context of the complex interdependent global systems and legacies and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability

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  • Gain the critical insights into how global processes affect communities differently and how power is unequally distributed
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Internship opportunities

Attending classes is only part of the language-learning experience. Internships give you the opportunity to communicate in your target language or interact with people from those cultures. Internships are also a great way to explore other interests and develop transferable skills.

Here are some examples of places where students have interned:

  • Wine Industry Exploration intern, Vista Hills Vineyard
  • French liaison, International Pinot Noir Celebration
  • Newberg High School

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Masayuki Itomitsu
Masayuki Itomitsu
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Walker Hall