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French and Francophone Studies

French and Francophone Studies

Exploring diversity through language

In addition to communication and research skills using French language, students in the French and Francophone Studies program develop a critical understanding of cultural differences, the ability to analyze complex literary and visual texts, and connections to French-speaking communities particularly in France, the Caribbean and Africa.  Off-campus study in France and Senegal, and elsewhere is central to this program.

Special Learning Opportunities

Off-campus study opportunities include the France/Senegal Program, with locations in Nantes, Paris, Dakar and the Casamance region, and occasional May Terms.

Advanced students at times have opportunities for tutoring and for leading conversation groups for beginning students.

Students can live in La Maison Française, a French-themed residence, with a French-speaking teaching assistant.

Faculty and students collaborate on research projects — like the recent development of French learning activities in the virtual world of OpenSim.


Almost annually, graduates are awarded English Teaching Assistant opportunities by the French government.

Graduates have pursued advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including teaching, international trade, law, linguistics and administration.

Career paths of alumni include law, teaching at all levels, editing books in translation and international relations.

Describe post-graduate opportunities available to students.

English Teaching Assistant program with French government, post-graduate fellowships, teaching French

Distinctively Earlham
Our program is particularly strong in representing French-speaking communities beyond France.


Every year, Earlham hosts a teaching assistant from a French speaking country.
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