French has been taught at Swansea since the University’s foundation in 1920. Professor Mary Williams, the first woman to hold a chair in any academic subject in the UK, was the first head of department. Today French is available on two single honours BA programmes (BA Modern Languages and BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting) and a range of joint honours combinations, either at post-A level or from Beginners. French is taught by seven permanent members of staff, three of whom are native speakers. They are: Mr Julien Hamilton-Hart; Dr Greg Herman; Dr Kathryn Jones; Dr Jo Langley; Dr Catherine Rodgers; Professor Andy Rothwell; Dr Sophie Rouys; and Dr Alison Williams.
In BA Modern Languages you can study French by itself (what used to be called single honours French) or in combination with German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish. You choose from options including ‘Paris’, ‘France in the Second World War’, ‘Intersectional Identities in French Cinema’ and ‘The History of the French Language’, as well as Interpreting, Translation Workshop and, in your final year, a dissertation. We have partnerships with the following French universities where you can spend your year abroad: Angers, Besançon, Brest, Chambéry, Lyon III, Pau and Toulouse. You can also work as a British Council Language Assistant or take a work placement. BA Modern Languages offers a broad-based curriculum with the three ‘pathways’, in Culture, Education and Translation.
In BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting you take French alongside another language and specialist modules such as Computer-Assisted Translation Tools and Concepts in Translation. You are obliged to split your year abroad, practising Translation and Interpreting in two languages at two institutions from our list of prestigious partners. Those for French are based in Brussels, Geneva, and Paris.
All students of French can take part in the weekly Café Causette and join the University French Society.
After your BA, you can specialise in French on the MA degrees in Translation and Interpreting and Professional Translation, which also have options of internships and study abroad, or take an MA by Research in French, leading to an MPhil or PhD.