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Students in our department explore French, Francophone, and Italian cultures, societies, literatures and languages.  Our courses cover all periods of literary, cultural and intellectual history, as well as in-depth specializations in post-colonial studies, medieval, Enlightenment, and modern literature and culture; film studies; literary and cultural theory; historical linguistics; and second-language acquisition. The Department offers introductory language courses to students who wish to learn French or Italian, undergraduate majors and minors to students who would like to delve deeper into Francophone or Italian cultures, and direct-admit Ph.D. programs in Italian or French and Francophone Studies for graduate students. Together with the Office of International Affairs, we offer foreign study programs in Québec, Canada; Dijon, Montpellier, Nantes and Paris, France; Lecce and Siena, Italy; and Dakar, Senegal.

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