French Department


Welcome to the French Department

Study in Paris - June 2020!

Translating Theatre Workshop

In this four-week program, students will immerse themselves in French culture by attending theater performances and navigating daily life as a Parisian, all while working collaboratively on translating French plays into English with a foremost practitioner.  Classes will be held in Columbia University’s historic Reid Hall and students have the option of living with a French family or in an apartment in the city.

Visit the Global Summer website for general information or contact Professor Laurie Postlewate.

Placement exam

Spring 2020 Placement Exam

Save the date!

Our Spring 2020 exam is scheduled for Friday, January 17th at 10:00am, in 405 Milbank Hall.


Open House

Course Spotlight!

golden font reads Golden Age of Versailles

Wednesdays, 4:00-6:50 (1 hour dig lab & seminar)
Professor Laurie Postlewate

Fulfills 2 GERs: Thinking Digitally & Thinking Historically!
Explores the cultural production emanating from the court of Louis XIV at Versailles combining the reading of literary texts with consideration of the arts, architecture, dance and music. Special focus on the court as spectacle, women writers of the court, and the classical period as preparation for the Enlightenment. 
(Seminar + 1 hour Digital lab for project fulfilling Thinking Technologically and Digitally) 

Contact Us

Sondra Phifer, department assistant

320 Milbank Hall
3009 Broadway

New York, NY 10027