French courses are designed to foster students' linguistic development and to provide a broad knowledge of France and the Francophone world. Language courses emphasize communicative competence, but all skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are developed. Technology, and multimedia tools (DVDs, CDs, Internet sources) enhance language learning. As needed, courses are offered in literature, culture and civilization, film, and comparative topics. Students are trained to think critically about language and culture. Courses incorporate textual and linguistic analysis, as well as the examination of the social, cultural, and historical context of the given country or countries. Study abroad opportunities are available.