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French and Francophone Studies


Discover a passport to world citizenship through the study of French, an official language in 39 countries and a primary language for various international organizations.

Bienvenue! Get ready for a powerful educational experience that builds from elementary language courses to advanced research on the cultures, films, linguistics and literatures of France and the Francophone world.

As a student in our program, you’ll connect with dynamic and multicultural faculty who have a strong interest in interdisciplinary learning and teach a diverse array of classes. Course topics include imperialism, colonialism, self-representation, graphic novels, post-colonialism, migration and contemporary France. 

We’ll encourage you to pursue study abroad opportunities so you can hone your linguistic skills and participate in cultural immersion. You’ll emerge with an intercultural understanding that goes beyond stereotypes, and you’ll be fully prepared to make an impact as a global citizen.

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Featured Alumni

French and Francophone Studies

Eric Swinn ’06

  • First-generation student from Roseburg, Oregon
  • Double major in French and Russian who seized opportunities for study abroad and learning from his professors
  • Now deputy chief of consular affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels
French and Francophone Studies

Jon Steiner '63

  • Raised on a farm and benefited from an arts and science education, which broadened his appreciation for art, science and languages
  • Taught French in high schools for 40 years in Oregon, Washington and California
  • In 2017, formed a nonprofit, WE Care (Water and Education Care International) that has helped students in Kenya, Mali and Cambodia go to school
Willamette University

French and Francophone Studies

Smullin 312
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.