Browse course samples and faculty profiles for French Studies.

Learning in Language: French

The language courses here—you’re not just studying French; the content is very much a political science course or an investment course that happens to be in French

[Speaking in French]

I’m learning an entirely new vocabulary that I never had.

Sample Courses in French Studies

Business Models for Sustainable Development

This class combines the “big picture” through the study of several competing and complementary economic theories for sustainable development with a “how-to” approach through the study of multiple case studies of sustainable companies and models of business plans.

Resources, Conflict, and Security

The environment, climate change, and natural resources (too little, too much, unequal distribution within a society, etc.) play a key role in human security, social stability, international relations, contemporary geopolitics, and the “Great Game” among nations.

Intercultural Communication: U.S. and European Cultures Compared

How do these parent civilizations compare in terms of culture? In order to explore this vast question, we focus on several complementary levels or aspects of culture—intercultural studies, identity, and environment. We create an individual narrative that combines storytelling, micro-history and autobiographical awareness in the context of the subjective self and the world.

Challenges in Peacebuilding

This course highlights the complexity and challenges of building peace in societies that are involved in violent conflict or are emerging from it. Through a study of cases, such as Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, etc., the theories of peacebuilding are explored.

Public Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

This course explores the most pressing health issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus is on the work of African governments and NGOs, infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, water issues, immigration, and public health.


You may find these resources helpful before you start your French courses.


Abdelkader Berrahmoun

Assistant Professor; Program Head, French Studies

IIRC Building 2

Jason Martel

Professor; Program Chair, TESOL/TFL

400 Pacific Street D205

David Wick

Associate Professor

Casa Fuente Building CF300G

Vincent Minquoy

Adjunct Faculty

McCone Building M225

Emeritus Faculty

Michel Gueldry

Professor Emeritus