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.  


September 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Come learn about Study Abroad options in Francophone Countries and the French Major!

October 1, 2014 - 7:30pm

Le Cinéclub du département de français vous invite à venir (re)découvrir la richesse du cinéma français à travers des films de tous genres et de toutes époques.

See more at: http://french.yale.edu/event/yale-french-filmclub-screening-oss-117#stha…


September 16, 2014
French Tables are meeting in various College Dining Halls. Join one today! Click here for location and schedule.
June 23, 2014
Morgane Cadieu (see profile here) will start as a new Assistant Professor of French on July 1st, 2014.  She will be teaching Fren 306a Trains in French Literature and Culture...