French Language and Literature
Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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A half-billion people will speak French by 2025. Be one of them.
Maybe you love the sound of the language or the culture depicted in books and films. Or perhaps you want to live or travel in one of the 29 countries where French is an official language.
In the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, you will study French language, French and Francophone cultures, and literatures from medieval times through the present.
Majoring in French at Fordham goes well beyond the classroom! You will find many opportunities to immerse yourself in French and various Francophone cultures both abroad and right here in New York City. Take advantage of a strong Francophone presence, from “Little France” in Brooklyn to the growing West African and Haitian communities in the Bronx, Harlem and Queens. Choose from a wide range of study abroad programs and spend a summer, semester, or year studying in a Francophone country.
We draw on a long Jesuit tradition of scholarship on and respect for the world's diverse languages and cultures—and virtually all of them are in New York City.
You will learn more than French language and literature here. You will also study philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, ethics, science, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.
We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.