With over 220 million speakers in 29 countries on five continents, French plays a significant role in the global economy and culture, and in the sciences. Our French and Francophone Studies classes prepare students for a broad range of international engagements, including participation in programs such as MISTI France, Belgium and Switzerland, MIT-Africa, MIT-Middle East and January Scholars in France.

The French and Francophone Studies curriculum offers opportunities to all students from the elementary level to the most advanced courses, spanning language, literature, intercultural studies, critical theory, French politics and society, gender and queer studies, French history, film studies, visual culture, Francophone African Studies, and cultural anthropology. The diversity of course offerings and the personal attention in small group classes create engaging and rewarding experiences for each student.

Subjects in French Studies may be applied to the French major, minor, or Concentration. Learn more about the French program requirements at the Academic Programs page. Advisors for these programs are below. Students uncertain what level of French language to take should refer to placement information. Information on transfer credit is available here.

French Minor/Major: Catherine Clark
French Concentration: Eva Dessein
Global Languages French Studies group: Cathy Culot | Leanna Rezvani | Isadora Nicholas | Eva Dessein

Spring 2024

21G.301/351 French I
21G.302/352 French II
21G.303 French III
21G.304 French IV
21G.310 French Conversation: Intensive Practice
21G.315 A Window onto Contemporary French Society
21G.320 Introduction to French Literature
21G.321 Childhood and Youth in French and Francophone Countries
21G.346 Topics in Modern French Literature and Culture

A note regarding the enrollment policy of the Global Languages: Enrollment limited to 18 for pedagogical reasons. Preference will be given to pre-registered students, including pre-registered undergraduates who were cut from the same class the previous semester due to the enrollment cap. Please note that you have to attend the first day of class to maintain your preference level. In case of over-enrollment, preference will be given in the following order: declared majors, declared minors, declared concentrators, first-years, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students.


21G.346 Topics in Modern French Literature and Culture: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense: An Investigation of The French Crime Genre

Do you like binge watching detective TV series, listening to gripping podcasts and reading mysteries and thrillers? Discover a highly influential and socially embedded popular cultural form in France by drawing from multiple narrative mediums: TV, film, podcast and fiction. This course offers students the opportunity to study representative examples of the genre in different forms in order to grant us insights into the representations of gender, class, race, politics and political institutions, science in contemporary France.