The Department of French and Italian offers French language instruction at the elementary and intermediate levels, as well as advanced courses in Francophone and French literature, French linguistics, and French and Francophone cultures, cinemas, and societies. Programs offered by the department include a Bachelor of Arts in French language and literature, a Master of Arts in French Studies, and a Ph.D. in Modern French Studies. Faculty expertise encompasses many fields from the Renaissance to the present. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Study Abroad Programs in Montpellier (short summer program) and Nice (semester or year long program), taught and administered by the Department's faculty. Activities sponsored by the Department include French National Week, Francophone Week, Senior Dinner and the Cercle Français events, in partnership with the French Cluster of the Language House.