The Department of French Studies at LSU is recognized as one of the strongest French programs in the nation, and is one of the few programs designed as a Centre d’Excellence by the French government.
French is not a foreign language in Louisiana; it is a part of our culture. LSU is Here to Win.
More than a language
The Department of French Studies has a world-class faculty from all over the French-speaking
world. Students take a broad range of courses from Cajun language, music and culture,
French conversation, French literatures, cinema, and business. Students are exposed
to classes that focus specifically on the French literature and culture of a particular
location, such as Louisiana, Quebec, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean,
and of course, France itself.
The program also offers student and faculty exchange programs with the Université de Poitiers, the Université de Limoges, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and the Université d’Aix-Marseille. The department offers study abroad programs in many diverse locations, including LSU in Paris and LSU in the French Alps.
Preserving Cajun Culture
The Department of French Studies is committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation
of Louisiana’s French heritage. The program maintains a Cajun French dictionary on their website. Monthly, the French club holds a dinner in the atrium of the Design
Building. In the spring, classes travel to Arnaudville, Louisiana where 34 percent
of the population speaks French, including Cajun French. In Arnaudville, students
collect oral histories in French, visit the town and learn about Cajun culture and
Support French Studies
Give today to support student study abroad and the preservation of Cajun French in Louisiana!
Mail a check that is made out to “Friends of French Studies” to the following address:
3796 Nicholson Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70802