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French and Francophone Studies

The French and francophone studies program is designed to help you acquire knowledge of the languages, literature, and cultures of France and francophone countries (where French is the common language). Through beginning, intermediate, and advanced language courses, you’ll develop the skills to read, write, speak, and understand French. Courses on the literature and cultures of French-speaking communities in France and in other countries of Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, as well as the French possessions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, instill an appreciation of francophone cultures in their diversity. In keeping with the broader liberal arts mission of John Carroll University, the French section seeks to train students in the skills of both critical analysis and written and oral argument, which you can use in graduate school or in your professional and personal lives. All students are also strongly encouraged to study in a French-speaking country.

What Will You Learn?

In addition to all levels of language instruction, we offer an in-depth examination of the cultures of many French-speaking countries. Students will also gain practical skills, like French for the professions.

French is the native language of more than 80 million people, with an additional 140 million French speaking people worldwide. The study of French is helpful for students interested in art history, film, fashion, business, culinary arts, and political science.

Major in French and Francophone Studies: 31 credit hours. Students may choose between two concentrations: one focuses on the French language, the other includes more cultural content. For details, please contact the department or consult the most recent Undergraduate Bulletin.

Minor in French and Francophone Studies: 15-18 credit hours, depending on entry level

Course descriptions are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin under the following headings:


International Cultures

  • The JCU French Club (Le Cercle Français) offers extra-curricular opportunities.
  • Advanced students may elect to sit for the Diplôme exam offered through the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris.
  • Advanced French students can apply for membership in Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society.
  • The Rene Fabien Scholarship is available to French majors to provide financial assistance for study abroad experiences.

Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor of French  

Nancy Conrady, D.M.L.  
Lecturer in French
Molly Force, M.A. 
Lecturer in French  
Maria Szocs, M.A.
Lecturer in French