French is spoken in more than 50 countries worldwide, is an official language in 29 countries, and maintains its status as a major language of culture, diplomacy, and economics. The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, established in 1970 and usually referred to as “La Francophonie,” includes 53 member states on several continents. French is a passport to much of the world!
In the French sector in the Department of Romance Languages, we teach courses ranging from beginning language instruction through graduate seminars designed for Masters and Ph.D. students. Our language courses emphasize real-world proficiency as well as the history and culture of the Francophone world. Our upper-division and graduate courses cover a broad range of geographic areas and historical periods of French cultural production.
Our teaching faculty includes experts in the French of France, Québec, the Caribbean, and Africa. Our work is highly interdisciplinary and French faculty are members of programs including African Studies, Comparative Literature, European Studies, Medieval Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.