French, Francophone, and Italian Studies



French, Italian, and Francophone studies in the Department of French and Italian ensure that you will succeed in an interconnected world. There are three comprehensive undergraduate major programs with three tracks: French, French and Italian, Italian. You may also minor in French or in Italian. Course work in the Department of French and Italian gives you a valuable and useful linguistic tool; offers cultural training for specializing in other fields; prepares prospective language teachers in French and Italian; and trains majors in the literature, culture, and civilization of France, Italy, and the parts of the world where French is a major language of communication, including Qu├ębec and large parts of the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

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As a graduate of the French and Italian department you will be equipped with the language and cultural skills to communicate and interact with French and Italian speaking communities both nationally and internationally. For more information on career options, visit the KU Career Center website.

French, Francophone, and Italian Studies Program
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Advisor name: 
Laura Leonard
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Academic Advisor
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Advisor name: 
John T. Booker
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Associate Professor, Undergraduate French Advisor
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