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French and Francophone Studies @ CUA




For advising in French or other questions:
Contact Dr. Chelsea Stieber, 



 French Honor Society Pi Delta Phi ceremony, April 10, 2017



Major in French and Francophone Studies

The Major in French and Francophone Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the French-speaking world. It is designed to provide students with a solid background in the cultural history of France and the Francophone countries. Students combine language, culture and practical skills courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with a practical immersion experience in a French-speaking country. Students are encouraged to supplement their studies with courses dealing with the Francophone world in areas such as Anthropology, Art, Drama, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.

Minor in French and Francophone Studies
Required courses: a total of 6 (six) courses, including 203 and 204, one other 200-level course, and any courses at the 300-500 level, with a maximum of 2 (two) courses taught in English. Students should consult with the French Academic Advisor, Dr. Marilyn Matar (, to identify combinations of courses that best suit their needs and interests.

CUA French graduates share their experiences

Recent French graduate Mark Danso (CUA 2014) has had an eventful year since graduation!  After spending time in France teaching English, Mark has returned to the east coast to complete a MA in French at Middlebury College. In addition to courses in methodology, applied stylistics, and teaching language and culture that will prepare him to teach French here in the US, Mark is speaking French exclusively (even in emails to his former CUA professors!) as part of his training. Recently, Mark had the opportunity to meet and take “un selfie” with the newly elected academician and immortel, Dany Laferrière.  Mark was already familiar with the writer and his oeuvre after taking a senior research seminar (French 488) on le retour where he read works by Aimé Césaire and Laferrière. Mark ended up writing his senior thesis project on Césaire, one of Laferrière’s literary touchstones, so it’s certain these two had plenty to discuss en français about French and Francophone Studies! 



Recent French graduate Caitlin Porter (CUA 2014) has relocated to Denver, CO to do a year of service with Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. She has been placed as an intern with Lutheran Family Services, working with refugees and asylees from Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Asia and helping to provide the services they need to start their lives in America. She has found herself working with many clients from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is a direct continuation of her senior thesis project on trauma and fiction in representations of genocide in Africa. She has been able to use her French and had also started to pick up Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, Tigrinya, and other African languages. Caitlin is happy to share her post-graduation experiences with any interested students, and thinks it is especially important that people know they can use languages in several different fields—some of which she’s only just now starting to discover!