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French and Francophone Studies B.A.

Investigate both the literature and culture of the French-speaking world.
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About this Program

  • Enjoy small class sizes: Introductory language courses are capped at 20 students to enhance learning and interaction between students and professors.
  • Contribute to and benefit from frequent and diverse cultural activities, such as film screenings, conversation tables and other events related to French and Francophone culture.
  • Pursue scholarship and fellowship opportunities like the prestigious Boren and Fulbright awards.
  • Conduct research with national and international scholars and benefit from the international connections of our world-renowned faculty.
  • Forge relationships across cultural differences, developing a global perspective by studying and pursuing internships in Strasbourg, France.
  • Study communications, economics, history, international relations, philosophy, political science, religion and other topics while abroad, in addition to language courses.
  • Prepare for an array of careers using your linguistic and cultural skills, as students of French make excellent candidates for employment in numerous fields in the U.S. and abroad, including international relations, development, public policy, education, translation, journalism, editing and the arts.​
  • A minor in French and Francophone studies is available.

Program Information

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College or School

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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Solidify your French language skills through language coursework, then take upper-division courses taught in French. Take an interdisciplinary approach by selecting courses in areas such as women’s and gender studies, Caribbean studies and colonial and postcolonial studies. Combine medieval and early modern outlooks with contemporary perspectives for a broad view of literary and cultural trends across the centuries.

  • Listen to and interpret a variety of familiar or specialized topics in French in diverse settings, including interpersonal and academic communications.
  • Speak and write in French on a variety of topics, in informal or formal manners.
  • Read and interpret a variety of texts in French, ranging from short articles to books.
  • Demonstrate effective knowledge of French and Francophone literatures and cultural traditions.

  • French Phonetics and Conversation
  • Topics in French and Francophone Literature and Film
  • Theater of Aime Cesaire
  • French Women Writers
  • Art in France from Impressionism to Surrealism

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study abroad opportunity

Syracuse Strasbourg

While studying abroad in Strasbourg, France, you’ll choose from a wide range of classes, both at the Strasbourg Center and local partner institutions. Studying with international faculty members, many of whom are professionals in politics, diplomacy and law, will give you new perspectives on many issues, from human rights to climate change. And internships at the Council of Europe or in the Strasbourg community are the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on experience in local and international affairs.

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Student organization

La Société Francophone

La Société Francophone, Syracuse’s official French club, offers opportunities outside the classroom for students to learn more about French culture through a series of organized social events and themed meetings. Members participate in cooking classes, game nights, film screenings and more.

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