French & Francophone Studies
Claim global citizenship and cultivate advanced critical and linguistic skills. Immerse yourself in the language, culture, and literature of the French-speaking world.
About the Program
Our French and Francophone Studies Program offers a unique minor in transcultural Francophone studies that explores the intellectual traditions of French-speaking peoples. Its scope is transnational and transcultural, encompassing not only France, but also the French-speaking areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean. Studying French, a major global language, will prepare you for a career in law, international affairs, international development, education, or publishing.
In small, interactive classes that emphasize literary study, you’ll acquire French language skills before advancing to courses, also taught in French, that deeply examine literature, culture, and history from multidisciplinary critical perspectives. You’ll choose from classes that explore psychoanalytic approaches to literature, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and transnational feminist studies. Your teachers—scholars of history, literature, and cultural studies—will support you in all aspects of your intellectual development.
Participation in a study abroad program in Senegal, Madagascar, Morocco, France, or Canada is strongly recommended. In and out of the classroom, you’ll experience diverse learning environments that value independent thinking and empower you to find your own voice. Students interested in majoring in transcultural Francophone studies are encouraged to pursue the individualized major option. View our program details for in-depth information on the requirements for the minor.
Courses You Could Take
Decolonizing Algeria: Algerian Women Writers & Filmmakers
The Francophone Levant & the Ottoman Empire
Advanced Grammar, Translation & Writing
Contemporary French/Francophone Theory
Popular Tales: A Cross-Cultural Comparison
Dangerous Crossings: War & Migration in Francophone African & Middle Eastern Literature