Yale’s Department of French offers the Ph.D. in French literature, criticism, theory, and culture from the early Middle Ages to the present as well as in the French-language literatures of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Maghreb.  With leading scholars in all fields of French and Francophone literature, Yale was ranked by the 2010 NRC survey (R ranking) as the top North American graduate program in French.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of French has two distinct but complementary missions: to provide instruction in the French language at all levels of competence, and to lead students to a broad appreciation and deep understanding of the literatures and cultures of France and other French-speaking countries.

The major in French is a liberal arts major, designed for those who wish to study one of the world’s greatest and richest literatures in depth. The department offers courses devoted to authors, works, and literary and cultural movements that span ten centuries and four continents. The curriculum also includes interdisciplinary courses on relations between literature and other areas of study such as history, law, religion, politics, and the arts. Majors are encouraged to explore all periods and genres of literature in French, as well as a wide variety of critical approaches.  


November 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Lecture Title: “The Scandals of Medieval Translation: Thinking Difference in Francophone Texts and Manuscripts”

RLL, 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd floor

Sponsored by the departments of French and Medieval Studies

November 11, 2014 - 4:00pm

Author on tour with the French Embassy Cultural Services

RLL, 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd floor




October 9, 2014
To the Faculty, Students, and Friends of the Department: The Yale Department of French congratulates Patrick Modiano on winning the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature “for the...
September 16, 2014
French Tables are meeting in various College Dining Halls. Join one today! Click here for location and schedule.