This concentration is designed for students interested in achieving mastery of French language beyond the basic level. Along with their study of French language, students in the concentration also study the literature, culture, history, and politics of Europe and the francophone world.
The concentration in French and Francophone studies can help prepare students for graduate study in French or comparative literature, or careers in a variety of fields, including international relations, business, journalism, political science, and foreign service. Students who complete this concentration will acquire strong communicative skills in the language (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). In addition, they will be able to function efficiently in a French-speaking environment and gain insight into the cultures and customs of the Francophone world.
The choice of electives will be determined in part by the student’s particular focus and goals in studying French. Students with a linguistic focus might complement their work in French with study in a second world language to the intermediate or advanced level. Those interested in cross-cultural studies might take Anthropology or Politics courses to explore the complex landscape of colonialism and the areas where French influence persists, such as in Africa, the Caribbean and South America, and North America including Québec.
Students with a concentration in French & Francophone Studies may enter into fields such as international relations, business, journalism, political science, history, and foreign service.