French Language and Literature

A truly international language, French is spoken in 53 countries by nearly 200 million speakers. A thorough knowledge of French language and Francophone cultures opens opportunities to students who will live and work in an increasingly global society. French is part of the arts and humanities discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Related fields include other languages, anthropology, political science, fine arts and art history.

What can I expect to learn in the French Language and Literature program at GW?

French courses at GW cover a variety of topics including poetry and literature, music, cinema, history, politics and the media, as well as all aspects of language learning. Upper-level courses focus on literature and culture and refine writing and analytical skills.

What is the French Language and Literature community like at GW?

GW and Washington, D.C., are ideal locations for learning about French and Francophone cultures. From the University’s active French Club, French film series and Foreign Language Coffee Hour to concerts and plays at the French Embassy and presentations on French art at the Smithsonian, opportunities abound. 

What can I do in the French Language and Literature field?

French majors and minors go on to careers in a number of fields, including education, politics, journalism, publishing, law and business. They also may pursue positions with the U.S. State Department, nongovernmental organizations, the United Nations and other international organizations.

Semesters Abroad

Through partnerships with universities in France and French-speaking countries, the program prepares students for what many consider a highlight of their college education: a semester or year of study abroad.

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