• <a href="/live/image/gid/490/width/650/86390_French_Studies_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86390"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg" alt="Associate Professor of French and French Section Head Philippe Brand leading a class lecture. " width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/490/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86390_French_Studies_main_image.rev.1607127345.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2955" data-max-h="2832" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Associate Professor of French and French Section Head Philippe Brand leading a class lecture. </div>

French studies offers an exploration of the language, literatures, and cultures of the French-speaking world, which stretches from Canada to the Caribbean and from Morocco to Madagascar. Our goal is to help students learn about the literary traditions of the francophone world, encourage you to consider the relationship of literature to the world, and become active and critical readers and thinkers. In addition to our expertise in French literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, our faculty is deeply committed to excellent teaching and mentoring at all levels of our French language courses.

  • My favorite class so far is Social Change in Latin America with Associate Professor Sarah Warren. It has helped me connect my interest in sociology with social justice issues, and has introduced to me new knowledge about an area of the world I haven’t had the opportunity to study before.

    Audrey Perry BA ’25
    Lincoln, Nebraska
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  • I really like how many departments in the school incorporate international perspectives in symposiums and other activities on campus.

    Mamelang Memela BA ’20
    Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • At Lewis & Clark, I learned what I’m capable of academically. I built my research and critical-thinking skills, and became more confident in my ability to dive into new subjects I had never previously explored.

    Ellie Miller BA ’20
    Seattle, Washington
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