Designed to develop cross-cultural awareness and to foster international understanding in a global world, the French and Francophone Studies (FFS) Program adds an exciting new dimension to the traditional liberal arts curriculum. The French and Francophone Studies major differs from the traditional French major in two respects: by its interdisciplinary nature and by its greater flexibility to accommodate students’ own areas of interest. The FFS major answers the needs of students with a strong interest in cultural issues in general and in French Francophone history and society in particular. By allowing students to take coursework in English, the FFS major allows them to profit from the many courses on campus in various departments that focus on France and the Francophone world.

The FFS Program is an interdisciplinary, integrated program that understands the term “French” in its broadest sense, in an effort to represent the diversity characteristic of the field of French studies today as reflected in a variety of cultures of Francophone expression: Canada, the Caribbean, North and West Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Reaching beyond disciplinary and national boundaries, the program encourages students to study in several disciplines, choosing from a large selection of courses in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. The program takes advantage of the varied resources the university has to offer in order to provide a meaningful course of study and an outstanding preparation for various graduate and professional schools or for careers in international business and finance, law, journalism, diplomatic service, non-profit and other international organizations, health, teaching, or the arts.


The minor requires 15-17 credits. Students entering at the 200 level of language competence take:

FRCH 201 Intermediate French I 4
FRCH 202 Intermediate French II 4
Three courses in FRCH from the approved list 9
Total Units 17

At least 6 credits should be taken in disciplines other than FRCH. Students entering at the 300 level of language competence take five courses at the 200 and 300 levels in FRCH and from the approved list. At least 3 credits should be in courses from FRCH taught in the French language, and at least 6 credits should be taken in disciplines other than FRCH.