French and Francophone Studies

Become fluent in what is arguably the most useful second language in the world, spoken on a daily basis by over 125 million people in 40 countries on every continent, as well as understanding French culture and history.

Fleur De Lis
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A component of the major, your Culminating Experience allows you to assess your fulfillment of the learning outcomes established by the French and Francophone Studies Program.

 

A component of the major, your Culminating Experience allows you to assess your fulfillment of the learning outcomes established by the French and Francophone Studies Program.

 

Culminating Experience
Rachel Iselin-Litt '13

Innovation at Hershey Foods

Spotlight: Rachel Iselin-Litt '13

Our contacts at Hershey were so impressed that they presented our work to upper management.

Film Fest
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The annual French and Francophone Film Festival brings the best of recent French and Francophone film to campus each spring. Learn more.

French and Francophone Film Festival

The annual French and Francophone Film Festival brings the best of recent French and Francophone film to campus each spring. Learn more.

French Table
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Aside from general meetings, the French Club hosts numerous events throughout the year to give students the opportunity to practice French outside the classroom. Some recent events include movie nights, crème brûlée nights, crêpe nights, French cheese nights, cooking classes, game nights, and much more! No need for fluency here, but a desire to learn and have a great time! Vive la France! 

Aside from general meetings, the French Club hosts numerous events throughout the year to give students the opportunity to practice French outside the classroom. Some recent events include movie nights, crème brûlée nights, crêpe nights, French cheese nights, cooking classes, game nights, and much more! No need for fluency here, but a desire to learn and have a great time! Vive la France! 

French Club

Master a language spoken by millions of people worldwide.

Live with a French family in Tours for a semester or a year through our Bucknell en France program. Dine at the French Table.

Our professors combine their expertise in the literatures, cultures and societies of contemporary France, Francophone Africa, Quebec and the Caribbean with innovative pedagogies that make the best use of current technologies and multimedia.

Did You Know?

The French and Francophone studies program at Bucknell has four stages: basic language skills; building on language skills; direct experience in the culture; and advanced studies in French language, literature and culture. 

Through the use of computer technology and multimedia such as films, radio and the web, students interact in French constantly with instructors and their peers. In some classes, simulations of real life in France prepare students for their participation in our study-abroad program, Bucknell en France. 

Although American and French societies have much in common, French values and thought patterns are often distinctly different from ours, so that the study of these cultures opens up a new perspective on the world. Students increase their own sensitivity and awareness, discovering the truth in the saying "To know another language is to possess another soul." 

A weekly French Table and guest speakers bring France and the Francophone world to Bucknell. 

Get to Know Us


Logan Connors

Professor

Logan Connors

What really brought me to studying theater was how radically different the experience of theater-going was in the 18th century compared to our idea of a nice quiet night at the playhouse. It was an interesting period.

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Renee Gosson

Associate Professor

Renée Gosson

I encourage my students to think beyond the 'Club Med' stereotypes of the Caribbean and to see how the portrayal of the Caribbean as a 'tropical amusement park' contributes to the continued commercialization and commodification of Creole culture.

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Hands-on Experience


Internships

Internships

Recently, Bucknell French students have interned at:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • The Journal Register Company/The Phoenix
  • French Embassy
  • Teaching Assistantship in France 

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Bucknell en France provides an opportunity for all Bucknell students to enrich their education by studying in France for an academic year or semester. The program is located in Tours, 150 miles southwest of Paris. Students live with French families and take courses from French professors.

Learn More about Bucknell en France

Career Paths

Career Paths

France's economy is the fifth largest in the world (2009); more than 1,200 French companies have subsidiaries in the United States. The country plays a leading role in the European Community, the largest integrated market in the world. French, with English, is the most important language of international organizations (UN, UNESCO, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organization).

Office

French and Francophone Studies

204 Coleman Hall

Contact

T570.577.1353

Epglass@bucknell.edu


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