French at Pitt

French into the World, French into the Future

Who are we?

We are a community of scholars and teachers committed to breaking down the borders between disciplines, time periods, and geographic contexts. Learn More »

Research Opportunities

Faculty and students are defining the cutting-edge of French and Francophone Studies with interdisciplinary research around four networks: Gender and Sexuality, Media and Materiality, Nation/Transnation, Environment. Our seminars, speakers, conferences, and dissertation research develop organically around these fields of study. Learn more »

Degree Paths

Students can pursue a variety of degree paths including a PhD in French, a PhD in French with MA en route, or an innovative, interdepartmental Phd in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French. 

Additionally, students connect their research and teaching to other departments and centers on campus through certificates in Cultural StudiesFilm and Media StudiesGlobal StudiesMedieval/Renaissance StudiesWest European Studies; African Studies; Digital Studies and Methods; and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Students can take courses in many departments on campus.


Graduate students in the department benefit from teaching fellowships, competitive year-long fellowships, year-long exchanges with universities in France, and summer research funding opportunities. Funding is guaranteed for five years. Learn more »


Our graduate students are inspired teachers who receive comprehensive, rigorous pedagogical training and ongoing teaching development, mentoring, and apprenticeship experiences. They have the opportunity to teach courses ranging from French 0101 to third-year conversation, literature, and culture courses. Learn more »

Alumni/ae Networks

Our alumni/ae go on to a variety of careers ranging from traditional university professorships to positions in secondary education, study abroad, and industry. Graduate students regularly meet with their advisors to discuss and plan professional opportunities tailored to their specific interests and goals. Learn more »


With a population just above 300,000, Pittsburgh has consistently been ranked among the most livable cities in the United States, thanks to its affordable neighborhoods and a vibrant cultural life. Learn more »

How to Apply

Our application deadline is January 15. For full details, learn more.


Contact Prof. David Pettersen, Director of French Graduate Studies.