French Language & Culture
The Department of Modern Languages’ program in French Language and Culture offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the language, literature, and culture of the French and Francophone world. A French major or minor in our program will introduce you to the finer points of the language—stylistics, advanced grammar, literary translation—and to the literature of the French-speaking world, through courses both widely focused (spanning centuries and genres) and specialized (concentrating on a single century or a single theme). Innovative culture classes, on the French conception of the body, for instance, or on avant-garde trends in French art and music, give you the possibility of looking at French society from an entirely different point of view. Small classes and a dynamic, engaged teaching staff will give you close personal attention as you discover the diverse, surprising, fascinating French-speaking world; extensive study-abroad opportunities, including UNL’s own faculty-led summer course in Angers, will allow you to experience that world first hand.
For information on specific courses available in French, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog.
If you want to know what courses are being offered each semester, visit the Schedule of Classes.
The major and minor requirements are spelled out in the French page of the Undergraduate Catalog. If you have questions regarding your college career/program that are not specific to obtaining a French major or minor, please contact your assigned advisor, who would be best equipped to meet your needs.
Laura Lynn Schafer
Activities for Undergraduate Students in French
French Conversation Table & Film Club
The French Conversation Table will meet on Thursdays from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at Yia Yia's Pizza & Beer.
For more information, please contact Catherine Johnson.
There is also a Facebook group you can join. At various times through any given semester, the group will also showcase French films. Join us and learn about more opportunities for you to practice your French!
Visit our Facebook page where members of the University of Nebraska French Club can post info about upcoming events and meetings.
Study Abroad Opportunities for French Students
Live and study in Montpellier, one of France’s fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both the Pyrénées Mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is the ideal place for an introduction to French language and culture. Program includes a 2-week homestay followed by a month in the university dormitories. Also includes three cultural excursions (in addition to those offered in Advanced French). Courses include Advanced French (3 credits) and La France Mosaïque: Perspectives on Contemporary France (3 credits). A professor from the University of Minnesota serves as the on-site director of this program, providing logistical support, housing arrangements, etc.
Summer in Angers
Immerse yourself in the French language by taking courses at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest’s CIDEF (Centre International d’Études Françaises) and living with a host family in Angers for the month of July! Participate in French language coursework each week with regular field trips and hands-on learning, as well as weekend excursions to le Mont Saint-Michel, the Normandy beaches, the castles of Loire and more.
This program is based in the beautiful city of Angers, on the Loire River, in the midst of the Anjou winemaking region and the Châteaux de la Loire. A youthful, bustling, refined city, it also boasts a magnificent old town and one of France’s finest Medieval castles. Paris is an hour and a half away by TGV, and the Atlantic ocean, along with cities like Tours, Poitiers, and Nantes. Classes will be taught at the CIDEF, an internationally-known school of French as a second language.
This four week program will build students' language skills through participation in language and writing classes, conversation classes and lab work. Students will also take a 3 hour per week course taught by the resident director, focusing on a comparative study of French and American culture. They will return with 6 hours of French credit at UNL. The ideal time to participate in this program is after 202 or 210, but students at other levels are encouraged to talk to a study-abroad advisor.