French and Francophone Studies (BA)

French and Francophone Studies (BA)


This major allows students to gain expertise in the French language and in a number of the myriad cultures in which it is spoken.

It should be especially appealing to students who:

  • would like to attain more language proficiency than a French minor can provide but who would like to count up to three courses for this major toward a second major and/or GE requirements
  • want to explore French and Francophone Studies in a highly interdisciplinary manner, through courses taught in departments such as history, history of art, international studies and political science, among others
  • are deeply interested in French and Francophone Studies but who may find the number of advanced-level language courses required for the French major daunting
  • semi-native and native French speakers, for whom many of our language courses are too elementary and who would therefore like a wider range of course options

If you have already declared a French minor or French major but would like to switch to the French and Francophone Studies major, you can ask our advisor, Dr. Andy Spencer (spencer.4), to make this change. Students majoring in French or French and Francophone Studies will easily be able to make the change from one to the other depending on the types of courses they end up taking by the end of their undergraduate studies.