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Welcome to the French program!

The French program at the University of Maryland features a dynamic, accomplished, and collegial community of teachers, scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, passionate in their study of the French language and French and Francophone culture in all its forms. Programs offered by the department include a B.A. in French Language and Literature, a M.A. in French Studies, and a PhD. In Modern French Studies. Each semester, we offer a wide range of courses, most taught exclusively in French, on language, literature, culture, film, history, philosophy, linguistics, politics, current events, and the world of business. Our courses span from the 16th century to the present, from early-modern manuscripts to digital media, and from Paris to Marrakesh, Fort-de-France, and Québec City. The French program, housed within the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, fosters collaborative work across disciplines, languages, media, centuries, and fields and provides thorough pedagogical training and teaching experience in French language, literature and culture courses. It is home to a diverse community of internationally recognized scholars and researchers focusing on French and Francophone studies, critical theory, film, literature, and linguistics, from the Early Modern period to the present day. 

Why study French?

Careers of recent UMD French graduates