Delaunay 1998 Eiffel Tower v3With 10 distinguished faculty members and a unique array of resources and opportunities, our undergraduate and graduate programs are among the most varied in the country, striving to present and study the languages, cultures, and literatures of France and the Francophone world in all their past and present diversity.

We hope that you will take a moment to review what we have to offer, whether you are interested in a language proficiency certificate, spending a Summer in Paris, a residential option for the French Language and Culture Living-Learning Communities, a minor or a major, a graduate degree (M.A./Ph.D., M.A.T.), fulfilling requirements for K-12 teaching certification, or simply taking courses (including some taught in English) on a wide range of topics from French gastronomy and contemporary film, to climate activism in French-speaking countries.

In teaching and research alike, our quest for academic excellence is grounded in a spirit of interdisciplinarity: for us, studying French fundamentally means opening as many doors and windows as possible, so as to explore a host of other fields. On this site you will find, at all levels, striking illustrations of this core principle. Please do not hesitate to contact us; in the meantime, thank you for dropping by. Enjoy your visit!

Image credits: Sonia Delaunay (French, 1885-1979)
Detail of The Prose of the Trans-siberian and of Little Jehanne of France, 1913
Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
The George Riabov Collection of Russian Art, acquired with the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund
Photo by Peter Jacobs


Statement in solidarity with the Union: Graduate student-workers and lecturers of the Department of French stand in solidarity with our colleagues in the English Department and with all members of our unions during the current negotiations with university management over our working conditions and the quality of education we can offer our students. We unanimously adopt as our own the resolutions set forth at this link, April 6, 2023.


Please click on "Why French?" to learn more about our programs!

Why French?