In addition to gaining the aptitude to read, listen, and research in the French language, students in the French and Francophone Studies program acquire substantial background in the language, literature, history and culture of communities that use French, with a particular focus on France, the Caribbean and Africa.
Off-campus study, primarily in France and Senegal, is central to this program. On-campus opportunities include La Maison Française, where students live with a native French-speaking teaching assistant. Additionally, students and faculty collaborate on in-depth research projects. Recent projects include studying Chinese immigrants in the Caribbean and 1950s France.
Graduates have used their French proficiency to pursue advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including teaching, international trade, law, linguistics and administration. Almost annually, graduates are awarded English Teaching Assistant opportunities by the French government.