Bowdoin French Department

The Francophone Studies section of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is made up with an active group of professors and students who bring the French-speaking world alive through a wide range of cooperative activities. Classes range from beginning language to advanced seminars on literature, history, film and other aspects of Francophone culture. Small classes ensure that students have ample opportunity to speak French. Our courses are conducted with an expansive and inclusive approach of Francophone studies that encourages students to explore the rich intellectual production and vast and vibrant cultural diversity of the francophone world of Africa, Europe and the Americas and their ramifications with those of other parts of the world.


Our Francophone Studies Program prepares students:

  • to be excellent listeners, speakers, readers and writers
  • to be knowledgeable about a broad variety of oral, literary and cultural traditions of the French-speaking world
  • to be well versed in critical concepts and research methods necessary for their analysis
  • to be familiar with the complexly intertwined intellectual movements, histories and social structures of the French-speaking world
  • to be insightful and confident analysts of all kinds of texts and images
  • to contribute to and thrive in a global world

Study Away

Study Away

Bowdoin students take their French skills abroad and have rich cultural experiences.

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Student and Faculty Research

Student and Faculty Research

Bowdoin's Francophone Studies Student and Faculty research a wide range of topics.

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Featured Alumni

Bowdoin History AlumniGraduates follow many professional paths, putting their French to use in a wide variety of contexts.   Learn more »