The French & Francophone studies major allows students to travel across cultures, centuries and continents through curriculum and programming that explore the ever-expanding Francophone world. We offer interdisciplinary courses on a wide range of topics, including the African diaspora, contemporary French society, immigration, the French enlightenment, colonialism and post-colonialism, French food culture, environmental studies, war and trauma in North Africa and the Middle East, sociolinguistics and gender and sexuality in the Francophone world.    

Our courses and mentorship will help you improve your overall communication skills, enabling you to become better writers and more effective speakers. Through the study of literature, film, media, and other cultural artefacts, students build intercultural competence and analytic skills that serve them in a variety of circumstances and careers. Moreover, learning another language has been proven to carry numerous cognitive benefits, from creative thinking and problem-solving skills to improved memory and cerebral retention.

A degree in French & Francophone studies prepares students to be global citizens equipped with versatile skills, international and historical perspectives and an agile mind to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Contact Info


Adeline SoldinAssociate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Department Coordinator

Lisa Orris






105, Bosler Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • BGR Group
  • Foreign Policy
  • James Renwick Alliance
  • New Hampton School
  • CDP Enterprises
  • Madeira School
  • Red Fuse Communications
  • Sotheby's Inc.
  • Civic Entertainment Group, LLC
  • The Willow School
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • The  Advisory Board Company
  • JCJ Architecture
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Sotheby's Inc.

Grad schools

  • New York University
  • University of Virginia
  • Georgetown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • Ball State University
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Allied Health Science
  • George Washington University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Wake Forest University
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University Law
  • Teacher College, Columbia University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)
  • Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata
  • Boston State House
  • Dickinson College
  • DLA Piper France LLP
  • Educational Testing Service
  • Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Nos Sobran los Motivos
  • Sud de France Développement
  • United Way of Columbia and Montour County
  • Wakefern Food Corp.
  • White & Case LLP
  • Yola English Institute
  • Young Writers Program

Student Perspective

“I studied abroad during fall 2018, in Toulouse, France. The highlight of my experience was having the chance to improve my French every day by attending a French university, exploring the city of Toulouse and living with a host family. I am very thankful for this opportunity to focus on improving my French skills as well as to gain cultural knowledge by traveling in Europe.”

—Demetria Ruhl ’20

French & Francophone Studies News

Student Snapshot: Andrew Cummings ’24 

Student Snapshot: Andrew Cummings ’24 

“It’s such a good feeling when you're able to get your point across effectively in a foreign language and are able to navigate on your own and help others.” Meet Andrew Cummings ’24 (French, Russian).

NEH and MLA Recognize Associate Professor of Spanish Mariana Past

NEH and MLA Recognize Associate Professor of Spanish Mariana Past

With a fellowship grant and an honorable mention, national organizations highlight scholarly edition and translation work.

Student Snapshot: Elliot Barr ’23

Student Snapshot: Elliot Barr ’23

Meet Elliot Barr ’23, a club-sports player who served a sports-marketing internship in London and studied abroad in Toulouse.

Graduate Story: Kimberly Drexler ’15, Sotheby’s Fiduciary Client Group

Graduate Story: Kimberly Drexler ’15, Sotheby’s Fiduciary Client Group

The art & art history major comes full circle, as an assistant vice president of business development at one of the world's largest art brokers.

French & Francophone Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2022

French & Francophone Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2022

See what graduating seniors are doing with their French & Francophone studies degrees.

Student Snapshot: Hadley Starr ’22

Student Snapshot: Hadley Starr ’22

From speeding violations to murder cases, student-athlete Hadley Starr '22 got an up-close view of the action during a law internship at the Cumberland County Courthouse.