French and Italian


French is spoken in more than 30 countries around the world. Italian is the native language of 59 million people in the European Union. Whether you love the language or have an interest in European and Francophone cultures, studying French or Italian at Colby will open a world of opportunity.

Students majoring in French and Francophone Studies take classes in language, literary and visual arts, and culture, including history, philosophy, and science—all conducted in French. Classes are small, allowing for individual attention and close collaboration with your peers and professors. Extend your classroom experience by joining the French Club, dining with your classmates at the French table, and studying abroad, a requirement for all French and Francophone Studies majors.

IMG_0957The minor in Italian Studies develops students’ language skills and introduces them to life and culture in Italy. Courses cover topics from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the modern and contemporary Italian state. Enhance your language skills through study abroad, expand your culinary experience with advanced courses on Italian cuisine, and participate in department-sponsored events including film screenings, discussions, and off-campus excursions.




Dr. Danila Cannamela was invited to present her book, The Quiet Avant-Garde (University of Toronto Press, 2019), at the De Bosis Colloquium at Harvard University, February 23, 2020. The Colloquium is a series of lectures in which ten new books about Italy are presented by their authors.
Tessa Schrupp ‘20 will present her honors thesis project, “Plurality of Resistance: Pronatalism in French Colonial Vietnam,” at the inaugural Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, 3-4 April 2020, at Johns Hopkins University.
Paige Buell ‘19 was accepted for the Master’s Program in International Public Management at the Paris School of International Affairs next fall.