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​French and Francophone Studies

Become fluent in French and expand your knowledge of French literature and culture.

You’ll start with a focus on language skills and move on to study the diverse writers, culture, and cinema that influence France’s arts and politics. Enhance your experience through study abroad, fulfilling curricular requirements while living in Strasbourg, France.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses for French and Francophone studies majors:
  • French Culture in the Age of Louis XIV
  • Molière
  • Sembene Ousmane and the African Cinema
  • Francophone African Criticism
  • The Renaissance Body
  • French Women Writers
View official major requirements .

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to do community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.
The College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.
There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, including LaSociété Francophone. Explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Study Abroad

Syracuse Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short-term, and yearlong options for international study.
French and Francophone Studies majors most often go abroad to the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center and to our World Partner programs Sciences Po (Paris), and SIT Madagascar. Summer programs of interest include French for Diplomacy (Strasbourg) and Summer Internships in Strasbourg.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in French and francophone studies, you can explore careers such as:
  • Secondary or higher education
  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • International business
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Writer
You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as education, journalism, creative writing, business, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.