French and Francophone Studies Program

203 Clark Hall
Phone: 216.368.2633; Fax: 216.368.6078

Designed to develop cross-cultural awareness and to foster international understanding, the French and Francophone Studies (FFS) Program adds an exciting dimension to the traditional liberal arts curriculum. The French and Francophone Studies major differs from the traditional French major in two respects: its interdisciplinary nature and its greater flexibility in accommodating students’ areas of interest. The FFS major answers the needs of students with a strong interest in cultural issues in general and in French and Francophone history and society in particular. By allowing students to take course work in English, the FFS major allows them to profit from the many courses 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. It thus reflects the diversity of the field of French studies, which explores varied 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 choose from a large selection of courses in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. In this way, it provides both a meaningful course of study and an outstanding preparation for graduate or professional schools and for careers in international business and finance, law, journalism, diplomatic service, nonprofit and other international organizations, health, teaching, or the arts.

Program Advisory Committee

Gilbert Doho, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Laura E. Hengehold, PhD
Professor, Department of Philosophy

Cheryl Toman, PhD
Ruth Mulhauser Professor and Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Affiliated faculty

Gillian Weiss, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of History

Undergraduate Programs


Each student prepares a program of study in close consultation with a faculty advisor drawn from the advisory committee. Students should also discuss their choice of a minor or a second major with their advisor.

French and Francophone Studies (FFS) majors should demonstrate French language ability by completing French 201-202 or the equivalent. They will also take at least one 300-level FRCH course (see Foundations in Culture courses below).

The major in French and Francophone Studies requires a minimum of 33 credit hours in the following areas:

1. Foundations in Language (8 hours)

For students entering at the 200-level of French language:
FRCH 201Intermediate French I4
FRCH 202Intermediate French II4
Students entering at the 300-level of language study complete 21 credits in courses from the Electives section below:
Total Units8

2. Foundations in Culture: Introduction to French and Francophone cultures (9 hours)

FRCH/WLIT 295The Francophone World3
Two of the following:6
Contemporary France
The Origins of France
Modern France
The French Revolutionary Era
Total Units9

3. Electives: Related Courses in French and Other Disciplines (15-21 hours)

Students select from courses that focus on French and Francophone cultures in FRCH and other disciplines (art history, political science, history, etc.). These are chosen from the approved list (see below) and in conjunction with a program advisor. No more than 9 of these credits may be chosen from FRCH courses.

ANTH 399Independent Study1 - 6
Art History
ARTH 260Art in Early Modern Europe3
ARTH 280Modern Art and Modern World3
ARTH 284History of Photography3
ARTH 340Issues in the Art of China3
ARTH 374Impressionism to Symbolism3
ARTH 379Issues in 19th Century Art3
ARTH 392Issues in 20th/21st Century Art3
ARTH 398Independent Study in Art History1 - 3
ECON 372International Finance3
ECON 373International Trade3
ECON 375Economics of Developing Countries3
ENGL/WLIT 290Masterpieces of Continental Fiction3
ENGL 301Linguistic Analysis3
ENGL 368CTopics in Film Capstone3
ENGL 379Topics in Language Studies3
ENGL/WLIT 387Literary and Critical Theory3
HSTY 151Technology in European Civilization3
HSTY 201
HSTY 202
Science in Western Thought I
and Science in Western Thought II
HSTY 215Europe in the 20th Century3
HSTY 234France and Islam3
HSTY 250Issues and Methods in History3
HSTY 310The French Revolutionary Era3
HSTY/RLGN 315Heresy and Dissidence in the Middle Ages3
HSTY 332European International Relations 1789-19453
HSTY/POSC 348History of Modern Political and Social Thought3
HSTY 397Undergraduate Tutorial1 - 3
International Studies
INTL 396International Independent Study1 - 3
MUHI 301History of Western Music I3
MUHI 302History of Western Music II3
MUHI 303History of Western Music III3
PHIL 302Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 315Selected Topics in Philosophy3
PHIL 325Philosophy of Feminism3
PHIL 399Philosophy Honors Thesis3
Political Science
POSC 326Constitutions in Practical Politics3
POSC/HSTY 348History of Modern Political and Social Thought3
POSC 351Modern Political Thought3
POSC 366Government and Politics of Africa3
POSC 367Western European Political Systems3
POSC 370APolitical Economy3
POSC 373Politics of the European Union3
POSC 374Politics of Development in the Global South3
POSC 395Special Projects1 - 6
Religious Studies
RLGN/HSTY 315Heresy and Dissidence in the Middle Ages3
RLGN 392Independent Study1 - 3
THTR 329Modern and Contemporary Drama3
THTR 399Independent Study in Theater Arts1 - 3
World Literature
WLIT 211World Literature I3
WLIT 212World Literature II3
WLIT/ENGL 290Masterpieces of Continental Fiction3
WLIT 300The City in Literature3
WLIT 390Topics in World Literature3
WLIT 399Independent Study1 - 3

Courses offered in a given semester with a French and Francophone Studies component are posted in Guilford House at registration time and on the French and Francophone Studies website.

Study Abroad

Study abroad in France, Belgium, Switzerland, French Canada, the Francophone Caribbean, or a Francophone African or Middle Eastern country is strongly encouraged but not required for FFS majors. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a summer study abroad program in Paris (FRCH 308 Immigration and the Paris Experience / WLIT 308 Immigration and the Paris Experience). FRCH 208 The Montreal Experience is a spring break service-learning excursion to Montreal. There are also opportunities for study in Cameroon.


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

FRCH 201Intermediate French I4
FRCH 202Intermediate French II4
Three courses in FRCH from the approved list9
Total Units17

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.