CLCS 247T French Orientalisms Renegotiated. Photo by Kate Roy

Academic programs: French Studies Major

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Think internationally and across cultures

French Studies is conceived and designed to support and strengthen students’ abilities to think, read, and write in French and about French literature, culture, and the Francophone world.


  • Patrick Saveau

  • Sara Steinert Borella


Students will begin the French Studies major according to prior experience and continue through advanced courses devoted to French literature, culture, and contemporary society. As part of their program of study, students may spend one semester at a French-speaking university after finishing FRE 300, or complete a series of French courses in related disciplines; students will complete a capstone seminar in French Studies. Students who do not study in a French-speaking university will be encouraged to complete at least one travel course to France or the French-speaking world.

French Studies Major Requirements