Mission Statement

The mission of the French program is to develop Roanoke College students’ linguistic and cultural skills, help students apply those skills in professional life and the community, and to foster a life-long commitment to learning in a globalized society.  Specifically, the French program aims to help students:

  • Advance proficiency and accuracy in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the French language.
  • Apply French language skills to their chosen professional career.
  • Demonstrate interpretative, analytical and critical thinking skills with respect to cultural, literary, and linguistic manifestations from the French-speaking world.
  • Identify and value traits of linguistic variation between the different variants of French.
  • Understand the history, the impact, and the role of French in the United States.
  • Explore and evaluate cultural identity in relation to others in a global community.