• An appropriate French language course
• MLFA 230 Intro to African Studies – (offered in English, no prerequisite) covers recent history of the African French-speaking world, including artistic accomplishments and social and intellectual history.
The major in French and Francophone Studies reflects the opening of the French program to cultures and civilizations more representative of today’s Francophone world. The French and Francophone African Studies major and minor will not only offer students an opportunity to study French language in the context of the culture of francophone West Africa, it will also enable them to learn more about Africa, a continent that is becoming increasingly vital to US national security, economy, and culture.
Courses will inform students about private and public life in relevant Francophone African countries. Majors and minors in Francophone African Studies will have the opportunity to develop their language skills while gaining a better understanding of the African experience from a range of perspectives, which include opportunities to participate in a Study Abroad program at the Université Gaston Berger (Saint Louis, Senegal) and the Baobab Center (Dakar, Senegal) and possibilities to live on campus and with Senegalese host families.