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In the Department of Modern Languages we serve hundreds of students every semester, offering courses for minors, majors, and basic language requirements. We offer:

At the undergraduate level: B.A. in Modern Languages with a concentration in French and a concentration in Spanish, as well as minors in French, Spanish, and German. We also offer English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).
At the graduate levelM.A. in French (three tracks) and a Ph.D. in Francophone Studies.

Our programs in French focus on France and the Francophone world, including Louisiana. The programs in Spanish focus strongly, although not exclusively, on Latin America. Many of our faculty are noted scholars in their fields and represent many areas of the Francophone and Hispanophone worlds. We are currently planning a Living and Learning Community on-campus for students in French and Spanish for Fall 2017. Our students regularly travel abroad with several different programs and exchanges around the world.

We take a strong, campus-wide interest in cross-disciplinary study. We work closely with colleagues in the Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore and in the Center for Louisiana Studies, as well as in anthropology, English, film studies, folklore, history and geography, humanities, Latin American studies, music, and women's studies, and we regularly offer team-taught courses with colleagues in these disciplines.

Twice annually, the department publishes Études Francophones, a refereed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of Francophone Studies.

Our community activities include outreach to Lafayette Parish schools' immersion programs and continued partnership with the Council for Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.

After minoring or majoring in a language, our graduates often travel and work in countries where their target language is spoken, while others go to graduate school or enter the professional world. Our students receive unique training that opens career avenues that are outside the range of the usual. Recent French graduates have been accepted into the Escadrille Louisiane program, where they earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and receive contracts to teach French in Louisiana schools for three years. Other graduates participate in the Teaching Assistant Program (TAPIF) in France.

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Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).