French & Francophone Studies, B.A.

Program Director: Étienne Achille, Ph.D.
Office Location: 343 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: 610-519-5468


The French and Francophone Studies Program (FFS) of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers a major and a minor. FFS emphasizes language skills and offer interdisciplinary studies in the faculty’s area of specialization: French literature and civilization; the evolution of Western thought in France; the cultures and literatures of the Francophone world; and stylistics and translation. The influence of French language and literature crosses centuries as well as geographic boundaries. Francophone studies is a dynamic and rapidly expanding field, focusing on the literatures, politics, history, cultures, language, identities and related studies of French-Speaking countries. Villanova’s interdisciplinary FFS have been designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the history, politics, cultural production, sociolinguistics, post-colonial experiences, and development of Francophone Countries.

MAJOR (31 credits)

The Major consists of 31 FFS credits above the intermediate level (FFS 1122), including courses in literature, cinema, and cultural studies. Students may obtain up to 6 credits through the Villanova summer program in Lille, France, and up to 9 credits through the semester program. 

Program Notes:

  • One RLL course taught in English with FFS attribute may be accepted for the major.
  • FFS 3971 to be taken in conjunction with any 3000-level course. 

Required Major Courses:

Item #
FFS above 1122 (24 credits)  +


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2020. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Arts