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French and Romance Philology

The Department of French and Romance Philology offers courses in French language and literature, as well as French grammar and composition. The department also offers courses in French philosophy, the scientific imagination in France, French painting and aesthetics, French literature and poetry, religion and art in France, Islam and France, Caribbean writing, and structuralism and poststructuralism.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department.


Placement Test

Students who have had courses in French elsewhere (in high school, college, or both) must take the French Placement Test before registering for any French (language) course. The test is given during registration week and the first week of classes. The date and time of each test is posted on the department bulletin board during the registration period. Throughout the term, the test can be taken between 9 AM and 4 PM in the department prior to enrolling in a course.


Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center, in 116B Lewisohn Hall and 353 International Affairs Building, provides intensive practice in French pronunciation and aural comprehension. Exercises in the laboratory are closely integrated with classroom work.


Maison Française

The Maison Française offers resources, including a library with an extensive selection of periodicals, lectures, and other cultural activities, and regular events such as Cinema Thursdays and informal conversation groups. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Maison Française. For further information, please call 212-854-4482 or visit the Maison's website:

For questions about specific courses, contact the department.