What will I study in this field?

You can combine study in History, Economics, Language, and Politics of the French-speaking world (Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, Canada), in an interdisciplinary program. Specific course requirements and flexibility vary between programs, but most require a thesis focusing on a contemporary issue, drawing on study in all these disciplines.

What do area specialists do in the Army?

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

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

MA in French and Francophone Studies; MA in International Studies, International Relations, or Global Security (with a focus on Europe, Africa, or other areas of the French-speaking world)

What kinds of professionals study in a typical French program?

Many 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 serve with a government agency like the State Department or an Intelligence agency.

Top French/Francophone Area Studies Programs for Army Officers include:

  • New York University - European and Mediterranean Studies, Africana Studies
  • Georgetown University - International Affairs
  • Columbia University - School of International Affairs (joint program with l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris)
  • Johns Hopkins University - Regional Studies Programs
  • University of Pennsylvania - The Lauder Institute
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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