Welcome to French and Francophone Studies at Indiana University Bloomington! The strength of our graduate program lies in the outstanding profiles and diverse backgrounds of our graduate students, the expertise of our 10 faculty whose cross-disciplinary, cutting-edge scholarship covers a broad range of topics and areas, and the unmatched resources our department and campus offer to scholars, teachers, and professionals in training.
Our graduate program is characterized by cross-disciplinary approaches to literature, cinema and media studies, and the digital humanities as reflected in our wide range of course offerings and faculty research interests. Recent graduate seminars have featured topics ranging from lyric traditions of the Medieval Mediterranean to race and ethnicity in literature and cinema in French.
Our doctoral programs in French were ranked in the top 10 in the nation by the National Research Council. Our 10 faculty members have published on innovative topics such as the digitization of musical manuscripts in the Middle Ages, Classical to Contemporary theater and opera, Versailles and the culture of absolutism, religious tolerance from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, book burning in the Modern era, the politics of 20th century French cinema, intermediality in African and North-American Francophone cultures, and decolonizing approaches to literatures in French.
We offer financial aid in the form of fellowships and associate instructor positions, generally in five-year packages for students who successfully complete the M.A. degree and continue on to the Ph.D. Students with a previous MA degree may be admitted to our four-year PhD Fast-Track program.
Indiana University Bloomington is a great place to study, with a beautiful campus and vibrant scholarly environment. The Department of French and Italian hosts the Center of Excellence of the French Embassy at IU and has partnerships with the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the Medieval Studies Institute, the Renaissance Studies Program, the Media School, African Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Gender Studies, the Book Lab, and many other programs to offer students unique interdisciplinary experiences. Thanks to our emphasis on professionalization and access to resources such as the Walter Center for Career Achievement , our graduates hold an excellent record of successful academic and non-academic careers.
Ruth N. Halls Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Director of Graduate Studies (French and Francophone Studies)
Director, Center of Excellence of the French Embassy at IU