200 million people in 55 countries speak French-- 
Et vous?

Apprendre

The French program at Franklin & Marshall is an exploration of the language, literature, and culture of France and the Francophone world. In language courses, French becomes a tool for communication and creation. Advanced courses focus on reading, writing, and cross-cultural perspectives, through courses such as Folk and Fairy Tales, Immigrant Voices in France, and Fashion as a Reflection of French Culture. Our classes are small enough to foster strong, interpersonal relationships between faculty and students, yet diverse enough to appeal to students with double majors in art, government, history, economics, or international studies.

S'amuser

Our program provides many informal opportunities to practice French: films, conversations with our French teaching assistant, dinners, French cooking lessons, and even the chance to teach French to local elementary school students.

Voyager

All students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad, with programs in Paris, Nantes, Strasbourg, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, or Tours. Some students choose to do a semester-long internship in a French government agency or private business.

Réussir

Recent graduates have served in the Peace Corps, received French government teaching assistantships, entered highly respected graduate programs in French, or embarked on careers in international banking, fashion marketing, and private school teaching.

Alors, nous vous attendons avec impatience!

Honors and Awards


French Honor Society

Outstanding advanced students in French are invited to become members of Pi Delta Phi, the national French Honor Society.

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Summer Travel Awards

Summer is a wonderful time to study or do research in a French-speaking country.   These awards are intended to allow students to expand their knowledge of Francophone culture and perfect their French language skills. 

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Story 9/6/2020

Acting is Essential in Storytelling Performances

April Armstrong, who has appeared on stage, screen and television as an actor and singer, recently discussed the difference between a one-person show and a storytelling performance, which she will...

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Story 7/28/2020

Scholarly Spotlight - Languages

 Scholarly Spotlight features the work of faculty on a regular basis. Here’s a sampling of recent publications by members of several languages departments.

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Story 4/27/2020

'I Remember Having a Lot of Questions—and I Wanted Answers'

While at F&M, Tayzhaun Glover '17 followed a passion for black history and built a major around Africana studies, anthropology, and French to study slavery in the Caribbean. Today, he is pursuing a...

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