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Why I Chose French Studies

French is more than just a language; it's actually a different way of viewing the world.

Bryce Coughlin
B.A. French, Anthropology
Director & Senior Counsel - Intellectual Property, Netflix

Ready to begin your studies? Declare French Major

Earn your Bachelor's and Master's degree in French in 5 years. Accelerated Masters

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PhD Minor in French

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Welcome to the UA's French Department Website.

Here you will find information on degrees, course descriptions, faculty profiles, information about majoring and minoring in French, study abroad opportunities in  France, extra-curricular activitiescontact information, and more.

About us

  • We offer a BA and an MA in French
  • Award-winning teachers and advisors
  • A diverse French program, with courses in second language acquisition, francophonie, French literature, culture and language
  • One of the oldest and best-established study abroad programs in the University of Arizona (Paris)
  • World-renowned scholars in French and Francophone language, literatures and cultures

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Meet Remy

Learning languages opens doors to a bigger world for Remy. Majoring in French, Arabic and political science, she’s a global go-getter with the skills for a career abroad.

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News & Events

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Dr. Ania Wroblewski, Assistant Professor in the Department of French and Italian, has just had her latest chapter published in the book Délivrer le temps. Écrire le musée (XIXe-XXIe s). Paris, Hermann éd.:
Dr. Kris Knisely-Southerland
Please help us to congratulate Dr. Kris Knisely who has two articles that have just appeared or will soon appear in the following journals.   Knisely, K. (2021). Le français non-binaire: linguistic forms used by non-binary speakers of French. ...
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Dr. Lucy Swanson and Dr. Kris Knisely have just received a grant from the FACE Foundation to organize the Tournées Film Festival at the University of Arizona in Spring 2021.  For more information about Tournées, please visit: https://face-foundation...
For the second consecutive year, the Department of French & Italian has received a grant to host the Tournées Film Festival, this year presenting a virtual, weekly series of seven films.   Faculty and graduate students will introduce and lead...
Dr. Denis Provencher
Dr. Denis Provencher has been named a research chair as part of the Chaire mobilité francophone program at Université d’Ottawa for fall semester 2021.  The Francophone Mobility Chairs are awarded to international researchers who are recognized as...
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Please help us to congratulate Dr. Denis Provencher, Dr. A-P Durand, and Dr. Nicoleta Bazgan (UMBC) whose co-edited special issue “Contemporary French Civilization-s” has just been published.  For more information, please visit:  https://www....
Denis M. Provencher has been awarded a research chair for fall 2021 by the Université d’Ottawa, where he will conduct research on the queer immigrant Francophone community in Canada.   Provencher, Professor and head of the University of Arizona...
Dr. Lucy Swanson
Please help us to congratulate Dr. Lucy Swanson whose article has just been published: “Magical Thinking in Chamoiseau’s Chemin-d’école: From Quimbois to the Mission civilisatrice.” Small Axe vol. 24, no. 3 (63), November 2020: pp. 16–30.  ...

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