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).
Recent alumni of the French program have secured the following positions:
The Leanne Freas Trout Scholarship in French and Francophone Studies was established in 2009 by Leanne Freas Trout, a member of the class of 1950. The scholarship is used to recruit and retain students majoring in French and Francophone Studies.
Logan Connors, "Performing Criticism during Cultural War: The case of Voltaire's l'Ecossaise (1760)." Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Vol. 10, no. 1 (November 2010), pp. 61-80.
Philippe Dubois and John Westbrook, guest co-editors of special issue on Food and National Identities in Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, 2009.
Nathalie Dupont, "Bêtes de langue." Spec. issue "Uncanny Poetry," L'Esprit Créateur 49:2, summer 2009: 163-76.
Renée Gosson, Landscape and Memory: Martinican Land-People-History (film coproduced with Eric Faden) distributed by Third World Newsreel, 2003.
Angèle Kingué, Pour que ton ombre murmure encore (novel), Paris: L’Harmattan, 1999; “Pour l’enseignement des écrivains femmes africaines dans le cours de français,” in The French Review, 1997.
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.
The program includes intensive language training at the Institut de Touraine, classes offered through the Université François Rabelais in Tours, and one course per semester taught by Bucknell faculty. After their first semester in Tours, students can remain in Tours and take regular classes at the Université François Rabelais, the Institut Universitaire de Technologie or the École d’Ingénieurs de Tours; a second semester in France increases the possibility of an internship in a business or public office in Touraine.
A semester in Tours is strongly encouraged for majors; a second semester of study in France or another French-speaking country is highly recommended.
Students also may choose to spend their second semester in Paris or in another French-speaking part of the world, such as Cameroon, Martinique, Quebec or Switzerland.
Ph.D. Louisiana State University
Scholarly interests: 17th- and 18th-century French theater, literary criticism, and journalism; literature of the French Revolution; contemporary theater and dramatic criticism/theory.
Ph.D. Ohio State
Scholarly interests: 19th- and 20thcentury French literature, the cultural and literary explosion of the gastronomic field in 19th-century France, the intersections of alimentation, generation and textual production
Ph.D. Duke University
Scholarly interests: 20th- and 21st century French literature (contemporary poetry and poetics), French language and culture, cinema, cultural and political views on society, representation and performance of identity and the body, violence and marginality
Ph.D.Wisconsin at Madison
Scholarly interests: literature and culture of the French West Indies and Quebec
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Scholarly interests: 20th-century French and Québécois literature with an emphasis on theatre
Ph.D. Penn State
Scholarly interests: foreign language pedagogy, Francophone African literature and culture, creative nonfiction and fiction writing
Ph.D. New York University
Scholarly interests: postrevolutionary French intellectual history and culture, 19th- and 20thcentury society and culture, surrealism, Godard, Houellebecq, the social history of interwar avant-gardes and their echoes in contemporary culture, issues of identity and nostalgia in France today
Recent project titles include:
Advanced French Conversation I and II
Advanced French I and II
Advanced Intermediate French I and II
Building Proficiency in French
Communicating in Context
French Economy and Business Culture
French Literature I and II
Intermediate French Conversation I and II
Introduction to French Cinema
La France actuelle
La France artistique
La France au quotidien
Le Français juridique
Literature and Culture of Quebec
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Seminar in French Studies
The French Speaking World
Topics in Civilization
Topics in Francophone Literature and Culture
Topics in Literature
Topics in the Arts
Number of full-time faculty: 6
Average number of majors per class year: 16