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.



You’re Speaking My Language: Jacob Lawrence’s The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture

During the Fall 2021 semester, students in Cultural Encounters: Engaging with Literature and Media (FR128) and The Rise and Fall of Versailles (FR232), created museum labels with a focus on the historical context of Toussaint Louverture’s life. Each class went to the Colby Museum of Art to see the exhibit Jacob Lawrence: The Life of…

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Lauren Ruddy Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

It is an honor to have been elected to PBK, especially at an institution like Colby! Studying at a liberal arts college has given me the tools to succeed in whatever career path I pursue while allowing me to devote time to all of my interests. This has allowed me the opportunity to make a…

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Paige Buell ‘19 Accepted into Master’s Program at Paris School of International Affairs

Paige Buell ‘19 was accepted for the Master’s Program in International Public Management at the Paris School of International Affairs next fall.

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