Undergraduate Program, undergraduate studies

The Department offers the undergraduate major and concentration in French and Francophone Studies.

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Alumni discuss the French major. Produced by Moonfire Films, Martin D. Toub

Our Programs

French and Francophone Studies

The major and concentration in French and Francophone studies provide an interdisciplinary framework for the study of the history, literature, and culture of France and parts of the world in which French is an important medium of culture. Students explore the history and contemporary applications of concepts such as citizenship, national unity, secularism, and human rights, and explore central issues including universalism/relativism, tradition/modernity, and religion/state as they have developed in France and its colonies/former colonies since the 17th century.

BA/MA in French

The BA/MA option is available only to current Columbia undergraduates. This program allows Columbia College and School of General Studies students to transfer up to 12 credits (taken at the 4000-level or above) toward the MA degree. Applicants apply during their junior year or during the first semester of their senior year.