As a student at New College, you can complete a French Area of Concentration (AOC) with a focus in either French Literature or French Studies. The latter combines work in French literature with coursework in a complementary discipline, such as international and area studies, history, political science, art history, music or another field. Either way, you’ll gain a high level of proficiency in spoken and written French and great preparation for a variety of career paths.
Each of our faculty members within the discipline holds a doctorate from Yale, and both are widely published in the field of French and Francophone literature. Combined they offer expertise that covers French literature from the 19th century through present day and that includes works not only from France but from Africa, Quebec and the Caribbean as well.
Both are also expert teachers, advisors and mentors who can help you with questions about graduate school and career preparation, as well as with information about internships and study abroad opportunities. In fact, all students in the French AOC at New College are strongly encouraged to pursue an Independent Study Project (ISP) or off-campus semester abroad in a French-speaking country or region as part of their undergraduate experience.
New College also has a strong record of placing students with the Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF) — a highly-competitive French government program that places students as teaching assistants in elementary and secondary schools in France for a year after graduation from college. Since 2007, 17 New College students have received TAPIF awards, easily placing us among the nation's leading undergraduate schools in terms of per capita production for these assistantships, which are a wonderful gateway for students interested in pursuing graduate school or for those who wish to increase their fluency in French before beginning a career.
Students who have earned their degrees in French at New College have gone on to do advanced graduate work at some of the country's leading programs, including Yale, Columbia, Cal-Berkeley and Georgetown, and they enjoy careers in a wide variety of fields, both in the U.S. and abroad. Among the popular career paths enjoyed by our graduates are those in education, publishing, library science and law.
As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.
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