200 million people in 55 countries speak French--
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.
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.
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.
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!
Scheduling Language Placement Exams
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.Read More
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.Read More
Global Grad Earns Pickering Fellowship
F&M grad Paolo Caglioti '21 was recently named a Pickering Fellow, a competitive award that prepares graduates for foreign service careers in the U.S. Department of State.Read More
Making Connections: Unraveling Political and Social Upheaval...
Professor of French and Brooks College House Don Lisa Gasbarrone discusses her Connections Course “Les Misérables,” an in-depth reading and analysis of Victor Hugo’s renowned, 19th-century historical...Read More
French Connections: Where Students and an Artist Meet
An F&M professor and her Connections I class spent an afternoon with a painter, associated with the College for 30 years, who spent time in the City of Light in the 1960s.Read More