The French and Francophone Studies Program aims to give students global competence in the Francophone world. Students are introduced to contemporary France and a variety of countries such as Algeria and Senegal. They can expand their knowledge of the diversity of French-speaking cultures by developing an appreciation of literary value and filmic expression. Contemporary French and Francophone writers and artists continue a rich tradition which has brought the world some of its most influential literary, philosophical, critical, and cinematographic works. Our courses also pay careful attention to the major social and political developments that have shaped France, and its former colonies, thus providing an opportunity to understand the forces underlying these various cultures, literatures, and films. 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 vibrant cultures, 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?