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French & Francophone Studies

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.

Related Career Paths

Students with a concentration in French & Francophone Studies may enter into fields such as international relations, business, journalism, political science, history, and foreign service.


Credits for this concentration may be earned in courses at the French 206-level or above. The concentration includes at least 12 credits of courses taught in French (eight of which must be at the 300-level or higher) beyond those required to satisfy the College’s foreign language requirement. Students in the concentration also take courses designed to broaden their knowledge of historical, cultural, and political contexts relevant to their language study and at least eight additional elective credits in courses relevant to the study of French language and culture. In consultation with their Moderation Committee, students choose their electives from such disciplines as anthropology, history, political science, sociology, literature, art, and music. Students particularly interested in French language might pursue a second foreign language, while those interested in politics and the arts might take additional courses to broaden their theoretical perspective on French and francophone culture. Students selecting this concentration are encouraged to spend at least one semester of their junior year in an approved program of study abroad.

Course Spotlight

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French 217: Paris on the Page

This course will explore the city of Paris as the center of French culture and as a world capital. Course materials will investigate the physical and cultural essence of Paris, its history and architecture, its literary portrait, and its relevance in the present day. The course will cover Parisian history from the Middle Ages to the present, including images of Paris from Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame and Louis XIV’s Versailles to Haussmann’s reconception of the city.

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