The French+ Initiative at MIT gathers scholars, working across the humanities and social sciences, whose research and teaching center on the French and francophone cultures and societies.
It aims to support research excellence, French language pedagogy, and to foster dialogue between faculty, instructors, and students of all levels.
The French+ Initiative hosts the MIT Global France Seminar and various cultural events. Its many connections, which include teaching exchanges, an Arts Sponsorship, a Visiting Professorship, and a cultural immersion trip for MIT students in France and in Belgium, promotes local and international collaborations.
Our curriculum is designed to offer rich opportunities to all students, from the elementary level to the most advanced courses. The expertise of the French group includes language, literature, intercultural studies, critical theory, French politics and society, gender and queer studies, modern French history, film studies, visual culture, francophone African studies, Haitian history, and cultural anthropology. The French Program offers classes to about 300 students every year, including majors, minors and concentrators.
The French+ Initiative sits in MIT's Global Languages section.
Computer Science and Engineering & French
French has allowed me to combine my hard, technical skills with what are sometimes the even more important soft skills and understanding of the world.
Biology and Chemistry & French
The highlight of my French studies was my first trip to France as a January Scholar in France during IAP 2019. I truly felt immersed in Parisian culture.
Liam Daniel Fenlon
Business Analytics & French
Now I hope to contribute to electrification efforts, particularly in Africa, and am sure I'll be using my French given the size of the Francophonie!