Through the French & Francophone Studies major in the Modern Language Department, I was fortunate enough to have to opportunity to extend my studies to include a semester spent in Montpellier, France. This experience, coupled with courses at WM on the culture, history and literature of the francophone world, has served to expand my worldview and enhance my ability to understand novel perspectives. As a student of francophone studies, I’ve become better equipped to think critically and analyze the impacts of cultural context on individual action and expression. My studies have made me more intellectually engaged in the roots of systemic problems that continue to plague our society today—racism, sexism, oppression, ethnocentrism—and their role in a more global context. My courses in the modern languages department have allowed me to improve my ability to both write and think analytically.