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The French Program, operated through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture, gives students the opportunity to study the language, literatures and cultures of France and the Francophone world.

Students who study French will be prepared for careers in education, diplomatic service, international business and interpreting.

Undergraduate: B.A.

The undergraduate program focuses on the teaching of French, as well as its associated literatures and global culture. Students learn from native speakers, benefit from innovative Web-based programs, where they interact directly with their peers in other countries, and study with professors who have written the books they use in courses.

Graduate: M.A., M.A.T. and Ph.D.

The French Program at the University of South Carolina trains students to teach and carry out research in French and various related fields. The expertise of the French faculty ranges from the literatures and cultures of the French Renaissance to those of present-day France and the Francophone world. Faculty in French possess expertise in applied linguistics, Atlantic and Caribbean studies, children's literature, cultural history, digital humanities, film studies, historical linguistics, linguistics, literary theory, sociolinguistics, theatre, translation studies, travel literature, and women’s and gender studies.

Graduate programs lead to the MA in French and the MAT in French, the PhD in Comparative Literature with a concentration in French and the PhD in Linguistics with a concentration in French linguistics. Financial support is available in the form of teaching assistantships. Further financial support is available to qualified applicants to support study abroad in France and the Francophone world.


Department Chair
Nicholas Vazsonyi

Program Director
Jeanne Garane

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