It is the goal of the French faculty at Colby to introduce students to the literatures and cultures of France and the francophone world. We firmly believe that language is the key that opens many doors, and we pride ourselves in helping students reach exceptionally high levels of fluency. All of our classes, from the first day of the first semester course on through the upper levels, are taught exclusively in French.
In our curriculum that is increasingly integrative and interdisciplinary, we try to strike a balance between courses dealing with France proper and others dealing with the francophone world. In all instances, we look to probe various forms of cultural production that deepen our understanding of the human experience and that awaken our students to values that are not their own. We hope to provide a personally enriching and broadening experience, in large part because we feel that there is nothing more fundamental on which to build a career, and no better way to improve the quality of one’s life.