French and Francophone Studies

The Department of French and Francophone Studies is recognized as one of the top undergraduate French programs in the country.

Mission Statement

We wish to empower our students to: 

  1. Speak, read, and write in French with near-native proficiency.
  2. Engage the French and Francophone world and achieve cultural literacy.
  3. Become aware of cultural and linguistic diversity as global citizens who may someday work in the Francophone world.
  4. Communicate, with logic and empathy, among different perspectives and values especially in cross-cultural contexts.
  5. Think critically about texts, films, music, and fine arts as objects of inquiry.
  6. Analyze French and Francophone literatures as sources of human experience.
  7. Prepare for and pursue graduate studies, if they wish, in a variety of fields.

Visit the Department of French and Francophone Studies section on Inside Bryn Mawr for a detailed look at courses, information about faculty, and more.

Degree Options

French and Francophone Studies major, A.B.

French and Francophone Studies minor

A.B./M.A. in French and Francophone Studies

French Major Outcomes

French and Francophone Studies offers comprehensive core courses as well as 360 Program Course Clusters that can include travel. Summer study abroad offerings include the longstanding Institut d'Avignon six-week intensive program. Majors and minors participate in international internships each summer. The list below is a selection of alumnae/i pathways of those who have graduated with a Bryn Mawr French and Francophone Studies major, along with any graduate school work they completed at Bryn Mawr or elsewhere included in parenthesis. 

Bank Street College of Education, Boston College School of Management, Bryn Mawr College, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Cornell University, D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University

Ecole d'Urbanisme de Paris, ESSEC Business School, George Washington University, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, INSEAD Business School, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, New York University Stern School of Business

Parsons School of Design, Rutgers University Graduate School of Biomedicine, Simon Fraser University, The Johns Hopkins University, University of California Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlain, University of Maryland School of Law, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health, University of Oregon Law, and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Yale University, Yale School of Public Health


Shanghai Gallery Manager, Galerie Dumonteil

Founder, Theatre of Transformation Academy (International Affairs M.A., Political Science and Government Ph.D.)


Senior Director for Digital Communications, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Media and Public Affairs M.A.)

Business Consulting 

Partner, Boston Consulting Group (General Management MBA)

Business Financial Services

Co-lead, iwocaPay

Analyst - Sector Analysis and Credit Policy, Natixis (Management Masters)

Business Sales & Marketing 

Global Brand Strategy, The Walt Disney Company (Business G.S.P.C., Business Marketing MBA)

Manager of Global Sales Development, ServiceNow (Finance, International Management MBA)


Co-Founder and Executive Director, Aplica! (Interdisciplinary Studies MFA)

Business other

Senior Operations Analyst, TD International, LLC (Global Security, Nuclear Policy, and Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction M.A., Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies M.A.)

Senior Manager, Global Business Process & Operational Excellence, Baker Hughes (MBA)


Elementary School Teacher, The Lovett School (Childhood Education and Literacy MEd)

Program Director, French Literature and Culture, Associate Professor of French Studies and International Affairs (French Ph.D.)

Associate Professor of Cinema Studies & French, Oberlin College (French Language and Literature M.A. Romance Studies Ph.D.)

Hospitality & Recreation

Owner and Chef, AHM Personal Chef Services LLC (Global Hospitality Management M.A.)

Travel & Tourism

Travel and Tourism Lawyer, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP (J.D.)


Manager of Water Conservation, EBMUD (Environmental Engineering M.A.)

Health & Medicine

Resident Physician, Albany Medical Center ( Biomedical Studies M.S., Medicine D.O.)

Area Coordinator, Vaccine and Workforce Innovation, Centers for Disease Control (French Studies M.A., Public Health MPH)


Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank Group (Economics and Natural Resource Management M.A.) 

Head of Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship, University of Arizona (Library and Information Science M.S.)

Senior Manager, Epidemiology, Gilead Sciences (Public Health M.A.) 

Information Technology

Senior Capacity Building Specialist, International Training and Education Center for Health (International Development M.I.A.)


International Development Professional, USAID (Foreign Service M.A.)


Attorney, National Labor Relations Board (Public Policy MPP and J.D.)

Regulatory Counsel, Food and Drug Administration (Public Health J.D.) 

Non-Profit Agency or NGO

Emergency Communications Coordinator, Rhode Island Department of Health (French and Francophone Literature M.A., International Health MPH)

Director of Individual Giving, The Morgan Library and Museum (History of Decorative Arts and Design M.A.)

A.B./M.A. Program

Bryn Mawr College offers its especially qualified undergraduates the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in French in four years.

A.B./M.A. details Common Questions Research Interests

Institut d'Avignon

A six-week intensive summer program in Provence in French and Theater studies.

French countryside
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