French language and culture have a unique place in the heart and history of Saint Michael's, a college founded by scholar-priests from France more than a century ago. We're a short drive from French-speaking Quebec and the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Montreal, so you'll gain fluency not only from your classes, which emphasize conversation, proper grammar, literature and culture, but also from visiting Montreal theaters and museums, socializing with international students, studying abroad in Paris or hosting a French-themed campus radio show. First you'll take a language placement exam to put you at the right starting-point. Then you either can explore French for the first time or deepen an existing familiarity with French/Francophone (French-speaking) culture. Film, literature, music, food and customs of France, the Caribbean, Africa and Canada all are in the mix for students in this major.