Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

We offer beginning and intermediate language courses in French and Italian, supported by an extensive and distinctive curriculum of courses based on literary texts, film, and cultural and historical documents, and other media.

Program Director

Matthew Senior

Chair, Department of French and Italian
Department Affiliation

Blanche Villar

Administrative Assistant 440-775-5257

Why Study French at Oberlin?

Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs
Language Learning Centers
Having breakfast in La Maison Francophone is one of the many ways students who study French have opportunities to speak the language. Photo credit: Courtesy of Bailey House

La Maison Francophone

La Maison Francophone, also known as Bailey House, is a coed residence for about 30 students, a French-speaking faculty member, and two graduate assistants from France. Founded in 1927, it is one of the oldest language-based program houses in the United States. Here students learn and speak the language, have meals together, and engage in social activities.

Sample Courses

  • FREN 101 - Francais elementaire I 4 credits
  • FREN 301 - Expression orale et ecrite 4 credits
  • FREN 376 - La France Moderne: Histoire, Societe, Culture 4 credits
  • FREN 320 - French Cinema: from the National to the Global 4 credits

French News

Filming Wine in France

February 8, 2016
Thomas Chevrier, French lecturer and faculty in residence at French House, led a group of students to wine country during winter term to document the iconic French art of winemaking.