WELCOME TO FRENCH STUDIES!
The Department of French Studies at MIC provides undergraduate degree courses in French language, literature and culture to approximately 200 students currently enrolled in the BA in Liberal Arts and the B.Ed in Primary Teaching. It also offers supervision to graduate students at both MA and PhD level. The Department enjoys a strong research and publication profile, with faculty members active on a range of national and international bodies. Our dedicated lecturing staff, assisted by a French language assistant and a few other teaching assistants, are here to make your time as a student of French as enjoyable as possible.
Our courses are delivered through a combination of lectures and small-group tutorials, conversation and language laboratory classes, allowing for a close working relationship and affording students a high level of individual attention and support throughout their time at MIC.
Our degree programme consists of a broadly based initiation to modern French language and culture. In addition to intermediate and advanced language practice, it also introduces students to aspects of history, society and literature from across a wide range of genres and periods. Most course work is conducted through the medium of French. In the third year of the BA programme, students have the opportunity to spend a semester or a full year in France in a variety of work placements and/or ERASMUS study exchanges with partner universities in Reims, Tours, Nantes, Clermont-Ferrand and Aix-en-Provence.
A degree in French opens doors to a wide range of employment and postgraduate opportunities (H.Dip, MA), particularly in the context of an increasingly unified European jobs market. Language skills and intercultural competences are in greater demand than ever before. In addition to teaching, translation and interpreting, areas such as journalism, marketing, public relations, tourism, banking and commerce, law and informatics all offer excellent opportunities to language graduates. Whatever your chosen career path, when you are competing for a job with dozens of other candidates, the fact that you studied French will often make the difference. Employers know that language graduates, through their specific training, have usually acquired excellent social, communicational and organisational skills, in addition to such personal qualities as confidence, flexibility and open-mindedness.
Further details regarding course content and staff research interests may be found by following the links on the left.
Answers to your questions may also be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
Dr Loïc Guyon
Head of the Department of French Studies