The French section is committed to:
- The seamless integration of language acquisition and literary and cultural study so as to provide the strongest intellectual and professional training to Hopkins undergraduates
- The production and dissemination, individually and collectively, of innovative forms of literary and cultural knowledge linked to national and transnational contexts of the French-speaking world.
The French section encourages students to study another romance languages or German; students interested in the Renaissance or the Middle Ages are strongly encouraged to acquire at least reading knowledge of Latin.
Students are also highly encouraged to spend one semester at one of the JHU-approved study abroad programs, preferably during the spring of their junior year, both to perfect their mastery of the French language and to have experience with the very different culture of French research-oriented higher education.
To these ends, the French section of GRLL has developed three undergraduate tracks to provide three different types of training, all of which are necessary for producing competent students in the two minors (one in literature, one in language and culture) or the literature major.
The learning goals for these tracks are as follows: