French/Francophone Studies Program

French/Francophone Studies

A Note from the Director of Graduate Studies in French/Francophone Studies

Welcome to French/Francophone Studies at IUB! Our program is recognized as one of the best French graduate programs in the United States and has been recently ranked in the top ten in the nation by the National Research Council. For a quick glance at what we have to offer click here.

Our graduates go on to successful academic and non-academic careers in the US and abroad. In addition to MA and PhD degrees, we offer a special Fast-Track to PhD to students who hold MAs from other institutions. Competitive financial support is available in the form of teaching stipends or research fellowships, typically in a 5-year package. Qualified candidates are also considered for Diversity, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and Eighteenth-Century Studies fellowships.

The strength of our program lies in the diverse group of students from different countries who all share the same enthusiasm and dedication to research and teaching. Our students work closely with our eleven distinguished faculty whose research and scholarship, highly recognized by their peers at the national and international level, range from Medieval studies, Theater and Opera to Postcolonial and 21st-century French and Francophone Literature, Cinema and Media. Classroom experience and extensive pedagogical training enhance and complete our graduate curriculum. See our program guide for detailed information here.

Our students benefit from regular professionalization events such as the Student-Faculty Forum series and career workshops organized by the Graduate Student Organization.

Indiana University offers several internationally-ranked resources such as the H. B. Wells Library, the Lilly Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

Our campus has been designated as one of the five most beautiful campuses in the US, and Bloomington is a truly cosmopolitan city, renowned for its world-class musical and artistic events while retaining all the charm and quality of life of a college town. We look forward to welcoming you here!


Professor Oana Panaïté
Director of Graduate Studies in French/Francophone Studies

(More information about the program and the application process is available here.)

Areas of Study

  • Medieval literature and civilization
  • All centuries, 16th through 19th, in French literature and culture
  • 20th and 21st century French and francophone literature and its (multi-) cultural context
  • French and Francophone cinema and media
  • Literary theory

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French/Francophone Studies Program

Our graduate program is characterized by a diverse and interdisciplinary study of literature and cinema, as reflected in our wide range of course offerings and faculty research interests. Recent graduate seminars have featured topics ranging from insanity in medieval France to marginalization in recent Francophone cinema. Our doctoral programs in French have recently been ranked in the top 10 in the nation by the NRC. Our 11 faculty members have published books on topics ranging from imaginary saints in Medieval France to the legacy of French literary history in the context of the post-colonial francophone world.

We offer financial aid in the form of fellowships and Associate Instructor positions, generally in five-year packages for students who successfully complete the MA degree and continue on to the PhD. Students with a previous MA degree may be admitted to our four-year Fast Track PhD Program. IU-Bloomington is a great place to study, with a beautiful campus and vibrant scholarly environment. The Department of French and Italian has partnerships with the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the Medieval Studies Institute, the Renaissance Studies Program, film studies, and other programs to offer students interdisciplinary experiences. Upon completion of the PhD, our graduate students typically obtain excellent placements at universities and colleges worldwide.

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