French & Francophone Studies
Did you know that there are some 220 million French speakers in the world today and that French is an official language in 28 countries? Students in the Department of French and Francophone Studies work to become highly proficient in French, while developing in-depth understanding of the cultures, literatures, and histories of French-speaking countries.
- Chart your own course. Students can tailor the major to their specific interests, focusing on literature, film, culture and society, history, or language and linguistics. All departmental faculty members practice and embrace interdisciplinarity. Independent Study projects take many different forms, depending on student goals and interests.
- Community. Our vibrant community extends from our classrooms to other venues on campus, such as the Maison Française, where residents and other students enjoy weekly social gatherings and cultural events. An assistant from France or another francophone country lives in the Maison Française and helps to coordinate cultural programming. Students and faculty also come together for lunch at weekly French Tables.
- Connections. Students generally find that French and Francophone Studies can connect in exciting ways to other areas of interest. A number of students choose to pursue double majors, combining their work in French and Francophone Studies with studies in disciplines such as international relations, history, Spanish, English, comparative literature, art history, anthropology, sociology, or business economics.
- Broad horizons. Majors and minors usually build study abroad experiences into their program of study. Many students pursue internships and other experiential learning opportunities, whether in the U.S. or in francophone countries. Students regularly travel abroad with Copeland Funding to conduct on-site research for their Independent Study projects. The major or minor in French and Francophone Studies can prepare students for graduate studies in a variety of disciplines, and for careers in fields such as journalism, publishing, teaching, translation, international business, diplomacy, international development, banking, law, and philanthropy.