The French and Francophone Studies Major and Minor at Davidson

At Davidson, French and Francophone Studies majors and minors acquire knowledge of the language, literature, and cultures of France and the French-speaking countries of Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North America, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. 

We aim for more than just knowledge. We aim to strengthen our students' critical and analytical thinking skills, as well as their ability to form written and oral arguments in the process, and to do so in French; and through this synthesis of knowledge and understanding, we strive to give our students the fluent world view and skills necessary to thrive in a global economy. 

Courses You Might Take

FRE 103

Intensive Fre 1&2 (2 credits)


Beginning French. Learn conversational French quickly. Meets every day for 6 class-hours per week plus meetings with an assistant teacher (AT). Completes two semesters of French in one semester. Equivalent to French 101 and 102. Counts as two…

FRE 295

Indep Study for Non-Majors


Independent Study for Non-Majors

Permission of instructor required.

FRE 212

Oral Expression


Discussion, continuing oral practice, and corrective pronunciation. Requires participation in weekly AT session.

French 201, placement examination, or permission of the instructor. (Fall and Spring)