The French Program

French is...The Eiffel Tower and the City of Lights; the Tour de France bike race; Impressionism; Molière and Duras; crêpes, croissants and camembert…and that’s only the beginning. French is so much more! The vibrant culture of Senegal. The poetry of Haiti. The films of Québec. Come study this historic and truly global language of composers and diplomats, of painters and sculptors, of poets, playwrights and novelists, of cinema, fashion and cuisine. Fire up your language skills with courses in conversation, grammar, phonetics, or composition.

Then take some of our unique courses:

  • Black Paris
  • Cosmopolitans of the Antilles and Senegal
  • Heroines in French theatre
  • Media Studies in the Francophone World
  • Marginality in contemporary French films
  • The Politics of Women Writers
  • Business French
  • Idealism to decadence in 19th-century France

--among many other possibilities, including some taught in English!

Have fun after class with our activities:

  • Breton folk-dancing
  • A French, African, or Québécois film
  • A poetry reading by a Senegalese author
  • Exploring holiday traditions around France
  • Tasting cheese or making crêpes
  • Showcasing your hobbies and passions in a French talent show

Spend a semester or year on immersion programs:

  • Aix-en-Provence, city of painter Cézanne and novelist Zola (semester or year)
  • A variety of IU co-sponsored programs in France, Senegal, and Switzerland (summer or semester)

Win Prizes and Other Honors:

  • Departmental academic prizes
  • Membership in the national French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi
  • Pi Delta Phi summer scholarship
  • Côté or Leake scholarship for study in Aix-en-Provence

Graduate with credentials:

  • French Minor: 5 courses (15 credits)
  • Certificate in Global French: 8 courses (24 credits), with the option of 1 or 2 courses in English
  • French Major: 10 courses (30 credits), with the option of 1 course in English

In sum, through our French program, you can

  • become conversant in another language, culture, and set of customs
  • enhance your chances of landing a better, more interesting job
  • demonstrate to future employers your global citizenship and ability to connect with others
  • impress employers with your commitment to diversity, and sensitivity to difference
  • gain life skills both through your widened, deepened perspectives and your analytical experiences in class

Our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, international business, translation, diplomacy, and many other fields.

Come see Prof. Barbara Vance ( to discuss the many possibilities we offer in shaping your profile in French!

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