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

Chair

Dominique LaurentAssociate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Department Coordinator

Lisa Orris

Phone

717-245-1819

Fax

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Location

105, Bosler Hall Mailing Address

Department Features




Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs

  • 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: Anh "Kat" Pham

Student Snapshot: Anh "Kat" Pham '21

Learn more about Kat Pham ’21 and how her Dickinson experience helped prepare her for the prestigious Erasmus Mundus quantitative economics master’s program she'll enter after graduation.

Student Snapshot: Hannah DelSordo ’22

Student Snapshot: Hannah DelSordo ’22

Meet Hannah DelSordo ’22, and learn about her internship with a nonprofit focused on global poverty, pandemic hobby, her favorite class, and why she loves the sense of community at Dickinson.

Podcast: Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Siobhán O’Grady

Podcast: Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Siobhán O’Grady '13

In this podcast, Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Siobhán O’Grady ’13 discusses her reporting across Africa and the Middle East and how her unique Dickinson experience helped launch her career.

A Better World Through Diplomacy: 2018 Dickinson Grad Prepares for U.S. Diplomatic Corps

A Better World Through Diplomacy: 2018 Dickinson Grad Prepares for U.S. Diplomatic Corps

A prestigious Pickering Fellowship will prepare Ashley Morefield ’18 to help promote peace, unity and understanding as a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps.

Resilience, Creativity, Game Theory: Meet Warner Bros.

Resilience, Creativity, Game Theory: Meet Warner Bros.' Exec and Dickinson College Alumnus David Decker '90

Warner Bros. exec David Decker '90, who led the recent sale of 'Friends' to HBO and USA/NBCU, shares the keys to his success in a competitive industry undergoing profound and rapid-fire change.

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

A panel of five Dickinson professors representing a variety of disciplines and national backgrounds will address worldwide environmental activism and protest movements in different countries.