French is spoken in more than 50 countries worldwide, is an official language in 29 countries, and maintains its status as a major language of culture, diplomacy, and economics. The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, established in 1970 and usually referred to as “La Francophonie,” includes 53 member states on several continents. French is a passport to much of the world!
In the French sector in the Department of Romance Languages, we teach courses ranging from beginning language instruction through graduate seminars designed for Masters and Ph.D. students. Our language courses emphasize real-world proficiency as well as the history and culture of the Francophone world. Our upper-division and graduate courses cover a broad range of geographic areas and historical periods of French cultural production.
Our teaching faculty includes experts in the French of France, Québec, the Caribbean, and Africa. Our work is highly interdisciplinary and French faculty are members of programs including African Studies, Comparative Literature, European Studies, Medieval Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
The Department offers an undergraduate major and minor in French. Students can also combine French with Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish to do a Bachelors degree in Romance languages. Many of our students spend time on study abroad programs. We send students to Lyon, Poitiers, and Angers, France. Programs are as short as four weeks and as long as a full academic year. The Department offers several scholarships to help students pursue their studies. We also send many graduates to France on the Assistantship program run by the French Ministry of Education, which posts assistants in French highschools (“lycées”) to help teach English.
We also offer MA programs in French and in Romance languages, which combines French with Italian or Spanish. Our Ph.D. program is in Romance Languages. Students can work in French as their primary language and take some coursework in either Italian or Spanish. Most of our graduate students hold a Graduate Teaching Fellowship that provides a tuition waiver, health insurance, and pays a salary. Students can compete for several research scholarships, and the department supports travel to professional meetings.
French studies in our department are thriving, at all levels. Come join us – venez nombreux!