Why Francophone Studies?
The Francophone studies major broadens your cultural awareness and gives you skills that are useful in a wide variety of professions. The linguistic and analytical abilities, cultural awareness, and excellent communication skills developed by students of Francophone studies at Bowdoin serve our alumni in a wide range of professional pursuits.
Francophone studies scholar Katherine Dauge-Roth coedits a collection of essays examining this relatively new area of academic study. Whether it’s through tattooing, branding, beauty marks, or scarring, by the eighteenth century, skin markings had become an important mark of identity, she says.
With the help of a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities, French literature and history scholar Katherine Dauge-Roth is in France over the break, exploring how attitudes toward skin color were shaped in the seventeenth century and why this remains important.