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French and Francophone Studies

Bienvenue! Welcome to the Department of French at Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in French language/linguistics and in French and Francophone literature, culture, and history. We are committed to fostering innovative scholarship, an intellectual climate that encourages research connections between disciplines, and excellence in instruction at all levels. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the opportunities and events in our community of dedicated scholars, devoted teachers, and promising students.

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Freed makes major gifts to French and Francophone Studies department

Award Winners

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A lifelong love of French culture and literature has led Marian Trygve Freed, of State College, to make two major gifts to support faculty and graduate students in the Department of French and Francophone Studies in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. Using an inheritance from her late father, Freed established the Marian Trygve Freed Early Career Professorship and the Marian Trygve Freed Centennial Graduate Endowment, both in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.

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Congratulations to Department of French and Francophone Studies 2014 Award Winners!

Award Winners

The Dept. of French and Francophone Studies is delighted to congratulate instructor Solange Garnier-Fox (left) and students Andrew Stafford (middle) and Sophia Fortune (Khadraoui-right) for their respective recent awards. Solange Garnier-Fox has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Line Faculty by the College of the Liberal Arts. Andrew Stafford has been awarded the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, a competitive university-wide teaching prize for outstanding teaching that is jointly sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Sophia Khadraoui has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Award, the Alumni Association Dissertation Award, which is given by the Penn State Alumni Association. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. Toutes nos félicitations!


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