French Program


The French division of the department offers a complete language program which includes elementary, intermediate and advanced language, conversation, composition, business French, phonetics, as well as courses designed to provide graduate students from other departments with reading knowledge of French.

In addition, every year it offers several courses per term given entirely in English, all of which have general education credit. A full complement of upper-level courses in literature, film, and culture is also offered each year.

Beyond the classroom, the French program offers students exciting opportunities in internships; directed and independent research experiences; an active French Club, and a French Honor SocietyPi Delta Phi. We also sponsor an annual paper prize for a French major. 

Focus of the Program in French & Francophone Studies

The French major and minors allow students to encounter the literature, film, and culture of the Francophone world through a broad selection of coursework. We offer a trio of courses to be taken after French 104 that focus on language skills in cultural context (French Conversation; Reading French: Literature, Media, Culture; Written French) and serve to prepare students for 1000-level courses. French 0020, France in the 21st Century is the course for you if you want to study current events and society in the Hexagon. French 0027, The French Atlantic offers the chance to think about how France related to other parts of the world, especially North America, in historical context. 

Other courses, offered both in French and in translation, explore specific issues (for example, Francophone identities, Francophone narrative, the French nation, gender & sexuality in France today, French in a global context). We will be offering a French Theatre workshop in spring 2020 (with a play to be performed in French), and courses in English on Paris (Urbanism Past and Present) and on Fashion (Eurochic: The Invention of Fashion) will be offered in academic year 2020-21 alongside the very popular course "French Kiss" and "History of French Cinema." An upper-level course on France and environmental studies will also be offered.

Double majors in French and a second field (such as political science, business, art history or another foreign language) allow students to explore interdisciplinary interests that help to focus and personalize their program of study.

Study Abroad

All majors are also highly encouraged to spend a year or a semester in a Francophone country.  In addition to the department’s highly successful language, literature and culture program in Nantes, a new professional skills program in Paris, launched in 2016, provides students the opportunity to cultivate readily transferrable language skills to the workplace. Many students have taken the opportunity to earn credits toward the major or minor and improve their language skills while experiencing firsthand the life and culture of France. 

In just these last few years, dozens of students have taken the opportunity to earn credits toward the major and improve their language skills while experiencing firsthand the life and culture of the French-speaking world.

Financial Support for Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, the Nationality Rooms Scholarships, and French and Italian Departmental scholarships support summer study abroad, and students may apply to a number of other sources for financial support.