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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures


Bachelor of Arts


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The Louvre museum at dust in Paris

Flexible Design and Global Experience

French majors read and think critically about the literatures and cultures of French and Francophone worlds while developing high-level communication skills in French. They learn about the diverse cultural values, ideologies, and philosophies of French-speaking cultures through the discussion and close analysis of stories, poems, films, and more.

Contact Info

Mark McKinney, Ph.D.

Lead Departmental Advisor

Department of French and Italian

207 Irvin Hall, 400 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Students typically start by taking our introductory or intermediate language classes and FRE 131 "Masterpieces of French Culture in Translation." Our curriculum features an integrative approach to French and Francophone language and cultural studies with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and diverse critical perspectives directly related to faculty research expertise. We foster opportunities for independent research and discovery through our French Honors track, which allows excellent students to conduct an intensive and in-depth research project on current critical issues in the field and our combined BA/MA degree.

  • FRE 131 Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation
  • FRE 301 Culture and Interpretation
  • FRE 366 French Cinema
  • FRE 411 French Civilization
  • FRE 451 Rebellions, Revolutions, and Avant-Gardes

At Miami, there is something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Career Options

Miami’s French majors acquire highly marketable skills with strengths in communication, global knowledge, and interdisciplinary research that prepare them for a number of career paths. Many of our majors join the workforce after graduation and enjoy successful careers working for international non-profits, marketing, international business, and in education. Other graduates pursue advanced study in the humanities (recent placements include fully-funded positions in French doctoral programs at top-ranked NYU and UC Berkeley) and in professional fields earning graduate degrees in finance, medicine, law, and library science.

Additional Opportunities

The Department of French and Italian encourages study abroad to improve French language skills and learn about culture, history, art, and literature in a fully immersive environment. We offer two faculty-led study abroad workshops that help students earn credit toward the major or the minor in Paris (winter term) and in Dijon (summer term) and can advise students on semester-long opportunities for study abroad in French-speaking cultures.

  • A croissant and coffee at a cafe

    Dijon, France Program

    Spend 5 weeks in an intensive summer workshop and immerse yourself totally in the French experience.

    More About Dijon
  • Sunset behind the Eiffel Tower

    Paris, France Program

    Learn on location about masterpieces of French and American culture from the middle ages to modern times.

    More About Paris
  • Loire Valley Castle at sunrise

    Make the Most of Your Time

    Combine your Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s and deepen your study of the French and Francophone cultures.

    Combine Your Degree

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Sydney Chuen
  • Dr. Hodges and Dr. Keefe were two of my French professors who not only taught life-changing courses, but helped solidify my French speaking skills and provided me with the challenges I craved.

    Sydney Chuen '20
    French, International Studies

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