Our Department of French and Italian offers beginning and intermediate level courses in these world languages, supported by an extensive and distinctive curriculum of courses based on literary texts, film, cultural and historical documents, and other media.
Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.View Faculty
La Maison Francophone
This coed program residence houses 30 students and has a staff that includes a French-speaking faculty member and two graduate assistants from France.
Also referred to as Bailey House, students may participate in such programs as a film series, concerts and various fêtes, study breaks, lectures, French breakfasts, and other activities that provide an informal cultural component to the French curriculum.
Students also come together to speak French during meals at Chez Nous, the French dining room in Stevenson Hall.
The department expects that French majors will spend at least one semester, and preferably a year, in an academic program in a French-speaking country.
Oberlin has a bilateral exchange with the Institut de Sciences Politiques, a prestigious grande école in Paris specializing in politics, economics, history, and European institutions.
The Oberlin affiliated Center for University Programs Abroad/CUPA allows students to enroll directly in the Université de Paris or study with faculty from the Conservatoire de Paris.
The Department of French and Italian offers a major and minor in French and Francophone studies supported by an extensive and distinctive curriculum of courses based on literary texts, film, and cultural and historical documents, and other media. We also offer courses in beginning and intermediate Italian.
We strongly encourage students to continue their language study abroad in a variety of programs suited to their interests and level of mastery.