As a French and Francophone Studies major at Syracuse University, you will become fluent in the French language while expanding your knowledge of French literature and culture. You’ll start out with a focus on language skills and move on to embrace the diverse writers, culture and cinema that showcase France’s leadership in the arts, politics, and poetics. Enhance your experience through study abroad, fulfilling curricular requirements while living in Strasbourg, France.

Sample Courses

  • French Culture in the Age of Louis XIV
  • Moliere
  • Sembene Ousmane and the African Cinema
  • Francophone African Criticism
  • The Renaissance Body
  • French Women Writers

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to do community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

Turn to the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with educational programs and your undergraduate research activities. The center can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, including LaSociété Francophone. Explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Study Abroad

French and Francophone Studies majors spend a semester or a year in Strasbourg, France, immersed in the French language and culture. You’ll take fully accredited courses in language, literature, fine arts, history, political science, and other areas of study, with many opportunities to expand your knowledge.

SU Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study.

Life after Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in French and Francophone Studies, you can explore such careers as:

  • Secondary or higher education
  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • International business
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Writer

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as education, journalism, creative writing, business, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about French and Francophone Studies.