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 Concentration/Minor/Major: Bruno Perreau
Global Languages French Studies group: Cathy Culot | Leanna Rezvani | Isadora Nicholas | Larysa Smirnova

Fall 2021

21G.301/351 French I
21G.302/352 French II
21G.303 French III
21G.304 French IV
21G.308 Writing (like the) French
21G.312 Basic Themes in French Literature and Culture
21G.056/356 The "Making" of Modern Europe: 1789-Present
21G.325 New Culture of Gender: Queer France
21G.347 Social and Literary Trends in Contemporary Short French Fiction

21G.312 Basic Themes in French Literature and Culture: French Food and Culture
The aim of this course is to increase oral and written communication, grammar, and vocabulary usage in French while exploring the links between French food and culture. How can French gastronomy help us gain insight into French culture and society? Topics will be studied in the context of religion, society, art, science, technology and politics and include fundamentals of French culinary traditions, regional food and eating, the history and use of ingredients, and the form and meaning of cuisines and meals in French society. Taught in French. No required or recommended textbooks.

IAP 2022

21G.301/351 French I

Spring 2022

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.312 Basic Themes in French Literature and Culture
21G.028/328 African Migrations
21G.353 Understanding Contemporary French Politics