Chair of the Department: Hélène Visentin

The study of foreign languages and cultures lies at the heart of a liberal education, for it opens the mind to a fuller understanding of the world. Within Smith College’s mission to educate women of promise for lives of distinction, the Department of French Studies at Smith College offers students the opportunity to gain a strong background in the French language, and in so doing to develop the higher-order capacities that come from competence in a language and culture other than their own.

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Browse the French Studies Collections:

French Studies: Faculty Books

French Studies: Faculty Publications

French Studies: Student Theses, Dissertations, and Projects