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Studying a new language will enrich your life and open new doors. Find your voice in French, Spanish, or German!

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French Programs

« Venez étudier avec nous-autres ! »

Our university is located in the heart of Cajun Louisiana, a cultural crossroads joining many areas of the contemporary Francophone world which share historical and linguistic roots. The natural beauty of the landscape provides a fitting setting for the culture’s unique heritage and multicultural diversity.

French Major & French Minor

Our undergraduate French programs focus on France and the Francophone world, including Louisiana.

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Graduate Programs in French & Francophone Studies

We offer one of a small number of graduate programs in the United States specifically in Francophone Studies. Our program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study all the regions of la Francophonie individually and as a whole.

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Master's in French »
PhD in Francophone Studies »

Spanish Programs

The Spanish undergraduate program focuses strongly, although not exclusively, on Latin America. In the Spanish major at UL Lafayette, we focus on fluency in the Spanish language, along with studying the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and people.

We also offer a Spanish minor, which is a fantastic addition for any student's major if you want to learn about new cultures and pursue career opportunities around the globe. The Latin American Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that lets you choose courses from across departments that focus on the history, cultures, and current events of Latin America.

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Spanish major »
Spanish minor »
Latin American Studies minor »

German Minor

Earning your minor in German will help you improve your fluency in the language and your understanding of the English language. Germany is an economic and political powerhouse with a focus on cutting-edge research, so a German minor is a great addition to just about any major.

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ESOL classes  are for non-native speakers of English who have fulfilled the University’s admissions requirements. Course offerings include ESOL 101, 102, and 402. ESOL 101 and 102 are equivalent to English 101 and 102, and fulfill University requirements in freshman English.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) »


Our faculty have diverse backgrounds representing many areas of the Francophone and Hispanophone worlds, and many are noted scholars in their fields. As a student in the Department of Modern Languages at UL Lafayette, you'll get to work with these faculty members, who are excited to help you learn more about these languages and cultures.

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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”).