French and Francophone Studies Program

203 Clark Hall
Phone: 216-368-2633
Laura E. Hengehold, Director

Designed to develop cross-cultural awareness and to foster international understanding, the French and Francophone Studies (FFS) program adds an exciting dimension to the traditional liberal arts curriculum. The French and Francophone Studies major differs from the traditional French major in two respects: its interdisciplinary nature and its greater flexibility in accommodating students’ areas of interest. The FFS major answers the needs of students with a strong interest in cultural issues in general and in French and Francophone history and society in particular. By allowing students to take course work in English, the FFS major allows them to profit from the many courses in various departments that focus on France and the Francophone world.

The FFS Program is an interdisciplinary, integrated program that understands the term “French” in its broadest sense. It thus reflects the diversity of the field of French studies, which explores varied cultures of Francophone expression: Canada, the Caribbean, North and West Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Reaching beyond disciplinary and national boundaries, the program encourages students to choose from a large selection of courses in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. In this way, it provides both a meaningful course of study and an outstanding preparation for graduate or professional schools and for careers in international business and finance, law, journalism, diplomatic service, nonprofit and other international organizations, health, teaching, or the arts.

Program Advisory Committee

Laura E. Hengehold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director, French and Francophone Studies Program

Gilbert Doho, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Marie Lathers, Ph.D.
Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities

Miriam R. Levin, Ph.D.
Professor of History

Cheryl Toman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Undergraduate Programs


Each student prepares a program of study in close consultation with a faculty advisor drawn from the advisory committee. Students should also discuss their choice of a minor or a second major with their advisor.

FFS majors should demonstrate French language ability by completing French 201-202 or the equivalent. They will also take at least one 300-level FRCH course (see Foundations in Culture courses below).

The major in French and Francophone Studies requires a minimum of 33 credit hours in the following areas:

1. Foundations in Language (8 hours)

For students entering at the 200-level of French language, completion of French 201 and 202. Students entering at the 300-level of language study complete 21 credits in III below.

2. Foundations in Culture (9 hours)

These courses introduce students to French and Francophone cultures. FRCH/WLIT 295 (The Francophone World) is required. Beyond this, students select two courses from FRCH 316, 318, 319, and HSTY 310.

3. Electives: Related Courses in French and Other Disciplines (15-21 hours)

Students select from courses that focus on French and Francophone cultures in FRCH and other disciplines (art history, political science, history, etc.). These are chosen from the approved list (see below) and in conjunction with a program advisor. No more than 9 of these credits may be chosen from FRCH courses.


Art History




International Studies



Political Science

Religious Studies


World Literature

Courses offered in a given semester with a French and Francophone Studies component are posted in Guilford House at registration time and on the FFS Web site.


The minor requires 15-17 credits. Students entering at the 200 level of language competence take 201, 202, and three more courses in FRCH and from the approved list. At least 6 credits should be taken in disciplines other than FRCH. Students entering at the 300 level of language competence take five courses at the 200 and 300 levels in FRCH and from the approved list. At least 3 credits should be in courses from FRCH taught in the French language, and at least 6 credits should be taken in disciplines other than FRCH.

Teacher Licensure Option

Students participating in the teacher licensure program complete a 45- to 47-hour major in French, including course work in French language, culture, and literature, and a 35-hour sequence in professional education. Course work in French begins in the freshman year with a language course appropriate to the student’s proficiency level and continues until the student has completed a range of upper-level courses and has met the goals of the program. Students are strongly urged to complete some of their course work in a French-speaking country and are assisted in identifying opportunities for study abroad. Interested students should contact Professor Marie Lathers. The professional education component (see program description for Teacher Licensure elsewhere in this bulletin) begins with a sequence taken on campus, followed by 20 semester hours, including student teaching, at John Carroll University.

Subject area requirements:
Select from FRCH 201*, 202*, 308**, 310, 311, 314, 315**, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321**, 331**, 341**, 351**, 361**, 371**, 372**, 373**, 374**, 375**, 376**, 377**, 398**, 399**
*Required only for students who begin their French major at the intermediate level
**Students at the intermediate (200) level select five courses (15 credit hours); students entering the program at the advanced (300) level select seven courses (21 credit hours).

Study Abroad

Study abroad in France, Belgium, Switzerland, French Canada, the Francophone Caribbean, or a Francophone African or Middle Eastern country is strongly encouraged but not required for FFS majors. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a summer study abroad program in Paris (FRCH/WLIT 308) in even-numbered years. A summer study abroad program in Cameroon (FRCH/WLIT/ETHS 338) is offered in odd-numbered years. FRCH 208 is a spring break service-learning excursion to Montreal.