French

About French

Undergraduate Program

For art lovers, aspiring chefs and those who wish to see the world, the French program offers preparation in language, literature, culture, film, and opportunities for study abroad. Our undergraduate program features a rich variety of courses for students interested in studying French in relationship to philosophy and politics as well as to the sciences and the arts.

Graduate Program

Our graduate program in French Language & Literature prepares graduates for the teaching and research demands of post-secondary education. Graduate studies encompass a combination of literary theory, literature, and cultural studies across periods, genres, and geographies, as well as carefully designed instructional methods and theory courses at introductory and advanced levels.

Study Abroad

Our summer, semester and year-long study abroad programs in Nice, Toulouse, Paris, and Dakar enable students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of French culture by taking courses in the French university system, living with French families, shadowing doctors in French hospitals, holding internships in French businesses, and traveling extensively. Such experiences are the perfect preparation for careers in international business, international medicine, international law, and international relations or diplomacy. 

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Undergraduate Program

Cross-Cultural Communication: Language Learning at Home and Abroad

We use the communicative method of language teaching enhanced with authentic cultural materials, enlivened with multimedia approaches, and reinforced with frequent revision for maximum oral and written proficiency, preparing you for one of our many summer or semester study abroad opportunities.

Disciplinary Dialogues: Modes of Cultural and Artistic Expression

Our faculty covers all eras and areas of French and Francophone language, literature, and culture, from the Middle Ages to the present, specializing in literature’s interconnections with philosophy, historiography, politics, the sciences, and the arts.

The Francophone World: Expanding Horizons

We help prepare you for professions in international business, medicine, law, and diplomacy, providing you with applicable knowledge and transferable skills, including historical and cultural background, cultural and textual analysis, and oral and written language.

Careers & Outcomes

Check out what recent graduates have done, and explore career center resources to chart your path.

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Graduate Program

Our Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, one of the most active in the country, offers highly qualified students the opportunity to earn Doctoral degrees in all areas of French and Francophone literary and cultural studies. Our students receive generous funding and benefit from our faculty's expertise.

In and out of classes, professors try to create an open and supportive environment for the development of graduate students in diverse fields. The program studies literature in an interdisciplinary and multicultural context, with attention given to all periods and genres. The program gives you and your advisor considerable freedom to plan a course of study that responds to your needs and interests.

Our faculty’s fields of expertise combine the study of French literature (including Francophone regions of Africa, the Caribbean, and North America) with the arts and sciences as well as with theory, politics, and film. We encourage students to take a certain number of courses outside the department that complement the French program. You also have the opportunity to work with members of other departments and programs by participating in our research and reading groups for faculty and graduate students and by attending our events, including many prestigious guest speakers.
 

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Professor Tili Boon Cuillé

“I hope my students take away a love of culture and a curiosity about other people’s perspectives that will inspire them to explore further, travel further, think circumspectly, and have the courage to put themselves in situations in which their informed perspectives can have an impact in whatever professional venue they choose,” said Tili Boon Cuillé, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Tili Boon Cuillé

​Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature


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Tili Boon Cuillé's teaching and research focus on eighteenth-century French literature, philosophy, and aesthetics, particularly the debates about the musical, visual, and performing arts.

Our Community

Our faculty’s fields of expertise combine the study of French literature (including Francophone regions of Africa, the Caribbean, and North America) with the arts and sciences as well as with theory, politics, and film.

Our Faculty

French Awards

Richard L. Admusen Award

Mr. Richard L. Admusen passed away on April 28, 1981; a victim of leukemia. He was an esteemed professor in the Department of Romance languages for 17 years. The purpose being to award an annual prize for the best Honors student in French.

The Roberta J. Luerty Award for Undergraduate Study in France

This travel award was established by the Luery family in memory of their daughter, Roberta Luery. Roberta was killed in a car accident on the way back to Washington University in August 1998 to begin her senior year. She had been on a study abroad program in France during her junior year and had a very positive experience while there. The establishment of this award has served as an instrument for many other students to benefit from the generosity of Roberta's family and friends.

Markovitz Travel Prize

The Markovitz Travel Prize was set up by the family of Rose Markovitz as a tribute to her memory and to her love of travel. This award is recognition of the students’ achievements in French/Spanish courses and is a tribute to the interest and intellectual curiosity the winners have demonstrated in French/Spanish culture.

Elizabeth Schreiber Award in French for Excellent Teaching

The Elizabeth Schreiber Award was set up by Faculty members of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in memory of Professor Emerita Elizabeth T. Schreiber.

Prof. Schreiber spent over 40 years teaching French at Washington University. She began teaching in 1945, and continued as a part-time instructor after her retirement in 1977. Faculty members wanted to honor her memory by recognizing outstanding Teaching Assistants in French with this award.

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