The Department of French and Francophone Studies offers students a global perspective on the French-speaking world through a combination of language study, critical cultural studies, historical contextualization, and linguistic and cultural immersion.

The French and Francophone studies curriculum is designed to promote understanding and awareness of the language, literatures, and cultures of the French-speaking world. Recent French and Francophone studies graduates now enjoy careers in teaching, translating, the arts, publishing, law, banking, management, business, government and non-profits, and medicine.

The department offers employment opportunities for qualified students to be drill instructors for Elementary French, or academic interns who hold conversation classes and offer tutoring. All native or non-native speakers of French are invited to participate in the drill instructor tryouts which are held annually in September. The two academic interns are senior French majors selected by the department.