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Graduate Programs

Une formation singulière en études francophones

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers the only graduate program in the United States specifically in Francophone Studies and provides students the opportunity to study all the regions of la Francophonie individually and as a whole.

La Louisiane comme lieu de rencontre

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

Diversité dans tous les sens

The breadth and reach of the courses and approaches offered in the Masters and doctoral programs reflect this diversity and richness and make the experience at UL Lafayette unique. Our dynamic, innovative, and interdisciplinary program regularly provides courses on the literatures, cinema, and cultures of France, Belgium, Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, the Antilles and Haïti, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Maghreb. The graduate program in Francophone Studies was the first in the United States to design courses on Louisiana Cajun and Creole languages, as well as courses on Belgian Francophone literature.

Faisons partie du futur francophone louisianais !

Students from all over the Francophone World come together at UL Lafayette to explore the rich variety, hybridity, and créolisation of the global Francophonie using a variety of approaches: literary, linguistic, critical, ethnographic, cinematographic, historical, culture and folklore studies.

Masters in French

Our Masters program will allow you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the Francophone World and enhance your ability to conduct research in your field. Alone, it can enhance your competitiveness on the job market, or it will prepare you for even more advanced and specialized study in your field.

Learn more about the Masters in French.

PhD in Francophone Studies

Our unique program prepares you for a career in higher education. You will enter the highly competitive academic job market with specialized training in research, teaching, and professional skills.

Learn more about the PhD in Francophone Studies.

Venez étudier avec nous-autres !

Apply for the Masters in French. | Apply for the PhD in Francophone Studies.

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”).