Masha Mimran is an outstanding professor (if she's reading, I hope she knows who's writing this). I consider the hours I spent in her class to be some of my most well-spent hours at Barnard, on both an academic and personal level. Professor Mimran is brilliant and hilarious. She led our class in stimulating discussions on the works of Baudelaire and Maupassant, during which she not only shared her own unique perspectives, but genuinely listened to and considered ours. This is rare, especially in the overcrowded French courses at Barnard! And she was able to make the grammar (and there was a lot of it) bearable, even enjoyable. She also organized other opportunities for us, such as hosting a French movie night. Professor Mimran is very much invested in her students--their well being, their ideas, and their success.

Workload:

The coursework is very manageable. Three compositions total, daily grammar exercises, and weekly posts online. Professor Mimran meets with you individually after you write your first composition--it's difficult to do literary analysis in another language, and she tries to help as much as possible. There is a midterm and a final.