Ideally situated in a rural setting near the coast of New England within two hours of New York and Boston, the Program draws on several centers of culture and learning for a variety of projects. Students have ready access to a number of libraries and film archives beyond those of the University of Connecticut, including those of Harvard, Yale, the “Five Colleges” in the Amherst-Northampton area, and the New York Public Library, among others.
The Program works closely with established area studies programs at the University, such as European Studies, Medieval Studies, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Center for Contemporary African Studies. The Program is housed in a Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages that offers advanced degrees in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German, affording students in French the opportunity to do either elementary or advanced work in other languages and literatures. The Program also draws on the resources of the Classics Program (Greek, Hebrew, Latin), as well as on those of the Critical Languages unit, which offers languages of relatively small enrollment (Arabic, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and so on).
Students follow a rigorous methodological training program involving pedagogical theory and practice for language teaching and for advanced teaching in literature and culture. This program draws on a language laboratory and a large library of audiovisual materials, including current foreign-language television programs and film. Students also lead French discussion groups in other disciplines in conjunction with a program in Foreign Languages across the Curriculum, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.