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About the Program

Gain the language skills and cultural understanding necessary to navigate the French-speaking world. Francophone culture is rich, varied and spans the globe from France to the Indian Ocean, Africa, Vietnam, the Caribbean and North America. Studying French fosters analytical and critical thinking, excellence in research and communication and an ability to engage other cultures in their own language while being considerate of their points of view. These are abilities in high demand in every profession. Many students combine French & Francophone studies with a second major such as international relations, global studies, government, economics, history or a business degree. The interdisciplinary nature of our courses attracts students from every department on campus, STEM included.

What Makes Us Different

  • Intern Abroad

    The Institute for Field Education (IFE) Program places you in Paris or Strasbourg for 12-week internships.

  • French Scholarships

    Apply for generous major-exclusive scholarships for research and study abroad.

  • La Fête de la Recherche

    This annual research conference allows you to present your research findings.

  • Interdisciplinary Study

    Take courses in other departments for French credit or use French courses to support other majors.

Applied Learning



Knowing French is a valuable skill in many career fields including business, law, education, journalism, medicine, travel and government. French & Francophone graduates include foreign service officers, doctors and Peace Corps volunteers. Many work for non-profit agencies and utilize their cultural and linguistic fluency as they work abroad or with international partners.

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Department of French & Francophone Studies


Washington Hall Room 210

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.