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Undergraduate Research

The French & Francophone Studies curriculum is research-driven. All our classes include research projects of different kinds. We offer several opportunities specifically for you to explore a topic of your choice:

  • Students in our study abroad programs conduct on-site research projects.
  • The required capstone senior seminar, FREN 450, includes a research project.
  • You could spend a year conducting your own research project through the Honors Program.
  • You can spend a semester working on your own project by taking FREN 480, Independent Study.

French & Francophone Studies students have a chance to present their research during the annual Fête de la Recherche, our student research conference.

Our Fall 2020 Fête de la Recherche will be virtually hosted by students in Professor Conley’s advanced seminar. It will feature presentations of students’ original research projects, and provide information on study-abroad and scholarship opportunities. If you are considering further work in French & Francophone Studies, come to the Fête to find out more and be inspired! Join us on October 16, 2020, 3:30-4:40 pm, at

Research Funding

Our McCormack-Reboussin fellowships in French & Francophone Studies support students conducting summer research projects. The Charles Center coordinates many scholarships and grants to fund student research.