Colgate’s French students work closely with passionate faculty members who are leaders in their field and who guide their students to becoming experts in French language and culture.

French Courses

Students may pursue either a major or a minor in French at Colgate. French courses feature small class sizes and individualized attention directly from professors.

The department welcomes students at any level of language interest, from French majors and minors to those who simply wish to maintain or develop an introductory knowledge of French language and culture.

Review the academic program and courses

I have been able to travel to places like Martinique and New Orleans during breaks, teach introductory French to kids in Hamilton, and form lasting friendships with other Colgate students who share my interests. The department holds a myriad of opportunities outside of classroom learning, which I encourage anyone at Colgate to seek out and take advantage of.

Raka Mukherjee ’20

Study Abroad

Colgate offers an array of full-semester off-campus study experiences. Of particular interest to French students is Colgate’s Dijon Study Group. In Dijon, students immerse themselves in French language and culture under the guidance of a Colgate faculty member.

W.M. Keck Center for Language Study

The Keck Center is a high-tech learning space dedicated to the study of language. Listening and recording stations, the streaming of global news outlets, and access to native-speaker language interns allow our students to immerse themselves in language while still on campus.


Carefully selected and friendly senior French majors are available in the Keck Center as tutors. The tutors are available to guide students through grammar points and oral practice, and to assist with review before tests.

French Tutoring Hours

Sunday, Wednesday  and Thursday: 8-10 p.m.

Additional on-demand tutoring is also available for students who need sustained assistance, upon recommendation of a professor. Please contact Professor Hélène Julien to learn more:

French-Language Intern

Each academic year, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures hosts a native-speaking French-language intern. The intern works with faculty to support courses and collaborates with student organizations to organize cultural activities and trips, screen French-language films, and more.

French Language Intern
Lawrence Hall

Table of Babel

Every Tuesday during the semester, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., students studying Romance languages gather in Frank Dining Hall to practice their language skills while sharing a meal. The department’s language interns and designated conversation tutors are present to facilitate conversation.

Extracurricular Organizations

Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society

The society recognizes and celebrates students’ accomplishments in the study of the French language and of all francophone literatures and cultures. It also fosters relations and dialogue between American-educated and French-speaking people around the world.

The society inducts French students who have distinguished themselves academically throughout their collegiate career. Eligibility requires excellence in upper-level French studies and excellence in all academic work, as reflected by a student’s overall GPA and class rank.

French Club

French students are very active extracurricularly in the French Club. The club supports the study of French language and culture through recurring and special events, and by sponsoring trips off campus.

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