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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

Elyse Desrochers (’17) completed her double major in French and Francophone Studies and Politics. She studied abroad in Paris and Morocco during her junior year. While in Paris, she interned with a French NGO that focused on providing social and medical assistance to communities in developing nations in Africa and Asia. In Elyse’s words, “the opportunity to take classes entirely in French and the opportunity to complete an international internship have opened the door to new experiences for me following the completion of my Bachelor’s degree.” She is now enrolled in an MA program in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action in the Paris Institute of Political Studies of Sciences Po, France’s premier international research university and one of the most prestigious universities for International Affairs in the world.


Mark Danso (’14) recently completed a Master’s degree at Middlebury College and La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. He is now teaching English at the Faculté de Langues at Cultures Etrangères (FLCE) and the private Catholic high school, Saint-Stanislas, in Nantes. If you’re studying abroad, make sure to get in touch with Mark!