The French & Francophone Studies Section of the Modern Languages & Literatures Department aims to give students global competence in the Francophone world. Students are introduced to Francophone culture in a variety of countries and cultural contexts, including contemporary France, Algeria, and Senegal. The program aims to expand students' knowledge of the diversity of French-speaking cultures by developing an appreciation of literary value and filmic expression. Contemporary French and Francophone writers and artists continue a rich tradition which has brought the world some of its most influential literary, philosophical, critical, and cinematographic works. Our courses also pay careful attention to the major social and political developments that have shaped France its former colonies, thus providing an opportunity to understand the forces underlying these various cultural contexts. Students in our program explore interests as diverse as critical theory, film studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and the Islamic world, and work directly with primary sources in their original language.