French and Francophone Studies

Did you know that there are some 300 million French speakers, making French the fifth most widely spoken language in the world? French is an official language in 28 countries, and the number of French speakers is rising rapidly.

The mission of the Department of French and Francophone Studies is "to train students to become informed, confident, and flexible thinkers and problem-solvers, who combine high proficiency in French, a dynamic understanding of the French-speaking world, and carefully honed cross-cultural abilities."

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.


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, which are a longstanding tradition at Wooster.


Students generally find that French and Francophone Studies connects in exciting ways to other areas of interest. Faculty in the department assist students as they develop these linkages.

Broad horizons

Majors and minors usually build study abroad 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.