The Department of French and Romance Philology has a long history of cutting edge scholarship. Its graduate program continually ranks among the very top in the nation and incoming graduate students are selected from the best in the country and around the world. As a consequence, admission into the Department is extremely competitive.
Approximately fifty graduate students are currently studying French at Columbia. Students undergo rigorous and comprehensive training in literary history and theory before specializing in one area of research.
At the undergraduate level, the Department offers numerous courses covering everything from language to literature and cultural studies. Approximately 800 undergraduate students take French courses every semester and the Department continues to expand its course offerings to keep up with demand. Language classes are capped at twenty students to ensure the best possible learning environment and our Teaching Fellows are some of the best in the nation. Undergraduates may additionally take advanced level courses taught by the core faculty and have a choice of two majors within the Department.
In addition to offering a large variety of courses and some of the most distinguished scholars in the field of French literature, the Department of French and Romance Philology provides advantages unique to an Ivy League institution. The list of preeminent professors in every field imaginable is endless, and students have easy access to Columbia's own world-class resources and library, as well as the libraries of several other participating Ivy League universities via the BorrowDirect program.
The Department and the University are made up of an extremely diverse student population. Columbia University is also uniquely situated, with ready access to everything the City of New York has to offer. The country's undisputed capital of music, theatre and art, New York opens up a world of culture without equivalent.
Please select an option form the Admissions menu at left to learn more about our Ph.D., M.A., and undergraduate majors, and be sure to visit the sections of this web site devoted to our graduate and undergraduate programs for information on the various degree requirements and the resources available to current students.
We would be happy to answer your questions and we invite you to get in touch with us via our Contacts page. We also encourage you to come visit the Department and the campus.