French and French Studies

Welcome to the Francophone world in Sewanee! We are a friendly department of five, and we love French so much that we would welcome any chance to show you our enthusiasm for all things French-related: literature, culture, music, movies, food, and more! We are especially proud of our new in-house opportunity for our students to study in Paris (see our students' blog posts from the first fall). On campus, you may practice your French in our classes, at the weekly Table Française (lunch on Mondays at McClurg Dining Hall, at the lovely Maison Française where students reside and where the Department sponsors Francophone programs, at the Sewanee Union Theater for occasional French movies, and in the hallways of Gailor Hall where you will hear us chattering away in the "langue de Molière."

The major in French and French Studies is an interdisciplinary program which examines the language, literature, history, culture, and society of France and of other Francophone countries. The minimum requirement for a major in French and French Studies is nine full courses beyond French 203, as prescribed in the College's Catalog.

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Paris en deuil
November 16, 2015
After the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, the students and faculty attending Sewanee's Semester in Paris program, as well as other Sewanee students studying in Paris, have all been accounted for and are safe this morning. George Poe, who is in Paris directing the program, alerted students' families as soon as the safety of each student could be confirmed. Poe and program partner Academic Programs Abroad will continue to monitor the situation to determine next steps. As more is known, the campus community will be updated. Please keep George, Sylviane, our students, and their fellow Parisians' in your thoughts.
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Dr. Ramsey Wins Tennessee Language Award
November 15, 2015
On November 6, 2015, Professor Laurie Ramsey won the Jacqueline Elliott Award for Service to Higher Education. The Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association presents this distinction annually to a foreign language educator at the post-secondary level for outstanding service to the profession. The award is named in honor of the Association’s founder and French professor, Jacqueline Elliott, the first recipient of the honor and professor at the University of Tennessee. Previous winners include Professor of German Emeritus Jim Davidheiser, who initiated Ramsey’s nomination and was present at the banquet. Several Sewanee colleagues and former students wrote letters of support for Ramsey’s nomination
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Dr. Ramsey honors Dr. Peckham with French Award
November 15, 2015
At the most recent meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, Sewanee's own Dr. Laurie Ramsey honored fellow French professor, Bob Peckham of UT-Martin with an award from the French government, which was accompanied by a musical tribute.
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