French and Francophone Studies


The concentration in French and Francophone Studies is committed to the pursuit of an interdisciplinary, linguistically rigorous, and textually informed understanding of French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Concentrators engage actively through their coursework with a wide range of texts and critical perspectives, pertaining to multiple literary genres, media, and contexts. They have opportunities to study different periods of French history as well as Francophone cultures beyond France. By the time they graduate, concentrators will have learned to read with knowledge and nuance and produced a varied body of critical work in French.

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Attain an interdisciplinary understanding of French and Francophone literatures and cultures
  • Acquire advanced speaking and writing abilities in French
  • Develop sophisticated analytical approaches to the study of texts from more than one period of French history and from Francophone cultures outside of France
  • Produce a body of critical work in French


French studies concentration requirements for students in the class of 2015 and earlier are posted here.

French and Francophone Studies concentration requirements for students in the class of 2016 are post here.

Honors and Capstones

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Candidacy for Honors assumes an excellent academic record (particularly in the major field) and the ability to work independently. Ordinarily, a candidate will have received no grade lower than an "A" in her/his concentration program. The candidate will apply for admission to the Honors Program early in the seventh semester, having completed at least six concentration courses by this time. Please see departmental website for more information.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Embrace diversity
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Learn what it means to study the past
  • Evaluate human behavior
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Alumni Pathways

Concentrators have pursued careers in education as teachers and administrators (secondary and collegiate), translation, international relations and diplomacy. They have also sought careers in medicine, print journalism, and management consulting.

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