What will I study in this field?

Starting with a background in French, a wide range of graduate programs enable you to focus on French or Francophone Literature and Culture, French linguistics, or teaching French. Francophone Studies address the literature and culture of the French-speaking world outside France (e.g., Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, Québec). You can focus primarily on French or Francophone Studies, or do comparative study between French and any other languages.

What do French specialists do in the Army?

Most serve as Foreign Area Officers (Functional Area 48), as attachés, security assistance officers, staff advisors on military affairs and operations, and liaison officers to foreign militaries. Some will have the opportunity to teach French at USMA.

What kinds of Master's Degree predominate in the field?

MA in French language, literature, and culture; MA in French linguistics; MA in Francophone literature and culture.

What kinds of professionals study in a typical French program?

Most graduate students are studying toward a Ph.D. with the intent of teaching at the University level. Others may be studying for an MA in order to teach high school or undergraduate language, or to serve with a government agency like the State Department or an Intelligence agency.

Top French Programs for Army Officers:

  • Columbia University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Illinois-Urbana
  • University of Oregon
  • Middlebury College (MA)
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-0041 or (845)938-8731. When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

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