French

Steep yourself in the language of Lyon, luxury and l’amour.

If you love the works of Albert Camus and Honoré de Balzac, and you are thrilled by the culture of Paris or Quebec City or Kinshasa, our graduate program in French will advance your studies of the language, literature and culture of the Francophone world that fascinates you. You will become adept at various modes of textual analysis, and learn to approach literary works in ways that reveal their continued vitality and relevance. This combination prepares you either for employment in middle and high school language departments, for further study at the doctoral level, or for a career that utilizes one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. By the time you earn your degree and bid Brooklyn College adieu, you will have added some very impressive credentials to your résumé.  

I have found a new depth of understanding of each work of literature I have studied in my courses, and an appreciation for how each author, from no matter what period in history, can speak to us today.

Miriam Strasberg '12

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Quick Facts

  • French is spoken on five continents — Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America — as well as several Pacific islands.
  • French literature dates back to the 11th century.
  • It is projected that by 2025, some 500 million people will speak French.

Possible Careers

  • Foreign diplomat in a former French colony
  • International relations specialist for the U.S. government
  • Translator at a multinational corporation