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French Studies


Known around the world for its excellence in teaching and research, our French program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree major and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. In small classes and a personalized setting, you’ll study the language, literature and culture of France and such Francophone countries and regions as Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Mali and the French-speaking Caribbean. Our professors and visiting scholars come from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise, so you’ll study among an array of accents, speaking styles and cultural perspectives.

On campus, you’ll take part in cultural immersion activities such as our Club Francophone, workshops and retreats, and social interaction with visiting lecturers. Our experienced and caring professors will help you apply your studies to the career of your choice, and we’ll encourage you to expand your classroom experience by spending a summer or year abroad. We offer unique opportunities for long-term study in Morocco, France and Senegal. You can also take part in month-long study programs in Rabat, Morocco and Montpellier, France.

Program Description

Students completing this program will have demonstrated:

  • the ability to analyze complex historical and social events, and the cultural expressions of individuals and communities, from a multiple perspective of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion
  • application of discipline-specific knowledge to workplace and/or post-baccalaureate environments
  • understanding of complex interactions of ethnic groups in their social contexts in the United States and the world achieved in the study of language, diverse cultural expressions, and social struggles
  • use of all four language skills (oral, writing, reading, and comprehension) appropriately to function in authentic linguistic and cultural contexts
  • the capacity to critically reflect, adapt, and network in a non-academic space or organization in a collaborative and professional manner
  • the ability to gather information and use necessary analytical skills to evaluate the impact of private and public policies on regional, national, and international environments and cultures.

The French major emphasizes the use of the French language through a curriculum that closely relates the classroom to the Francophone world; that is, everywhere that French is spoken. Creating a personal environment, French-speaking faculty and students participate in film, creative writing, and cultural workshops and retreats. In small classroom settings students study the literature and culture of France and expand their horizons to cultures of such Francophone regions as West Africa, North Africa, Quebec, Louisiana, the Caribbean, and Vietnam. Visiting literary critics, artists, consular officials, and guests from various regions of the French-speaking world complement classroom studies. Videos, films, and computer software are integral to the program on the HSU campus.