While providing language and literature instruction to its majors, Dickinson’s French department has moved beyond traditional French programs in two ways.

First, it has revamped its curriculum to focus more on the context of language and French intellectual and cultural life, using film, multimedia strategies and other contemporary sources. Second, it explores not only literature produced in France but the Francophone literature produced by French-speaking countries throughout the world in Africa, Canada and the Caribbean.

French majors are strongly encouraged to go abroad, and many students spend a semester or full year in Dickinson's program in Toulouse.

On campus, unique options are available to enhance the French major's experience and sense of immersion: The Romance Language House provides a living environment in which all house members speak multiple languages, while the French House offers an opportunity to live in a Francophone environment, so students can practice and improve their French.

Contact Info

Chair

Lucile DuperronAssociate 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


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Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

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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.

Education Abroad: A Year in Toulouse, France

Education Abroad: A Year in Toulouse, France

Anthropology and French & Francophone studies double-major Bevin McDevitt '20 discusses the cultural immersion and intensive language study of the Dickinson in France study-abroad program.

Swimming in Deep Experience

Swimming in Deep Experience

From double majoring in chemistry and French to competing on the swim team and conducting genetic research into leukemia, Demetria Ruhl ’20 has found room to pursue all of her interests at Dickinson.

French & Francophone Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2019

French & Francophone Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2019

Graduating seniors secure jobs and are accepted to graduate school.