French is one of the top five languages spoken around the world today, spanning the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas along with the Mediterranean and Caribbean regions. Our courses initiate students into various modes of French cultural production and analysis, preparing them to study abroad. Such experiences enable them to pursue careers in international business, medicine, law, diplomacy, and the arts.
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.
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.
The French Connexions Cultural Center at Washington University in St. Louis aims to promote student interest in France, the French language and francophone culture and literature. The Center at Washington University in St. Louis has been elected to the Centers of Excellence of the Embassy of France. Currently housed at 22 major U.S. research universities, the Centers of Excellence support the French Embassy’s presence in the academic world, enabling the embassy to share experience, develop trans-Atlantic relationships and reflect upon the influence of French on U.S. campuses. Members receive both annual financial support and project-based support to fund a wide variety of activities. French Connexions was launched by founding director Lionel Cuillé, teaching professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures in Arts & Sciences.