Department of French and Romance Philology  


B.A. in French Language and Literature

B.A. in French and Francophone Studies

Studies in Paris

Course Descriptions and Directory of Classes

Language Requirement & Placement Exam

Online Resources


French and Romance Philology Undergraduate Studies

Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Department Chair

Professor Emmanuelle Saada
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor Emmanuelle Saada
Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies

Dr. Pascale Hubert-Leibler
Director of the French Language Program


At the undergraduate level, the French 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.

Please access these highlighted links for information regarding the French Language Requirement and the French Language Placement Test.

Undergraduate Majors

The Department offers two undergraduate majors: one in French Language and Literature, the other in French and Francophone Studies. The French Language and Literature major is designed to give students an in-depth familiarity with the language, culture, and literature of France and the French-speaking world. The French and Francophone Studies major is conceived as an interdisciplinary continuation of Columbia’s core course in Contemporary Civilization: it seeks to examine key concepts and dichotomies such as universalism vs. exceptionalism, tradition vs. modernity, citizenship and national unity from their origin in the French Enlightenment to their present status in France and the French-speaking world.

In addition to the majors offered by the Department of French and Romance Philology via Columbia College, prospective students may wish to explore undergraduate studies at Barnard.

For detailed information on admissions, please select one of the following links:

Studies in Paris (Coumbia in Paris, Reid Hall)

Undergraduate students from Columbia and other US colleges and universities may spend one or two semesters at Reid Hall, Columbia’s program in Paris. Reid Hall offers several courses in literature, art history, history, and political science. Reid Hall students are also offered the opportunity to take courses in the French university system.


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