Contemporary French and Francophone writers continue a rich tradition which has brought the world some of its most influential literary, philosophical, critical, and cinematographic works. With a strong global presence and a rich cultural tradition, French is an integral part of the current international landscape.
The French and Francophone Studies program at Swarthmore offers a wide range of courses to introduce the cultural history and the full diversity of perspectives of the French-speaking world. Beyond literary and artistic movements, our courses pay careful attention to the major social and political developments that have shaped France, and its former colonies. Students in our program explore interests as diverse as critical theory, film studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, or the Islamic world, and work directly with primary sources in their original language.
Studying French gives students access to an exciting and broad intellectual tradition, offers a unique perspective on a vibrant culture, and aims to build a cross-cultural understanding with the goal of educating global citizens better able to participate in an increasingly interconnected world. Over 200 million people speak French…why don't you?