Recent News

View of Eiffel Tower and surrounding neighborhood

Due to overwhelming demand from students wanting to learn French, all of our First Year French sections (FRENCH 101, 102, & 103)  are at capacity. As such we have added  another section of FRENCH 101 and FRENCH 103. If you have always wanted to learn French or to continue your French studies now is the time!

UW French & Italian Studies Autumn Course

French & Italian Studies still has some room in our Autumn classes! Check out these fascinating courses and consider taking a class with us. See below for some of our featured classes being offered this Autumn and links to our time schedules. For any questions email

French Courses Offered This Autumn       

Italian Courses Offered This Autumn

Florentina Dedu-Constantin

Florentina Dedu-Constantin, one our lecturers in French, has won the Graduate Schoolʼs 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award. Florentina, who recently received her PhD, won the award for her dissertation "The Good Distance: Proust and Sociability" in the Humanities & Fine Arts category. The Distinguished Dissertation Award includes a $1000 prize and represents an original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.

Christina Sztajnkrcyer

Christina Sztajnkrcyer, a recent graduate of our French doctoral program recently published a piece of writing on the website of The Stroum Center For Jewish Studies. Christina's piece, "From Rhodes To Racine: Why a Sephardic Teenager in 20th-Century Paris Was Reading The Tragedy Esther" highlights some of her work with a young woman's school notebook from 20th century Paris. In particular, she uses a quote drawn from Racine's play Esther as a way to shed light on Jewish womanhood in 20th century France.

Purple slide entited French & italian studies graduates

French and Italian Studies graduates and their families gathered with staff and faculty in the Simpson Center on June 9th to celebrate the culmination of their time at the UW. About 70 people mingled, chatted and enjoyed refreshments (pastries donated by Macrina Bakery!) for an hour before Chair Rich Watts took a few minutes to speak about the graduates and call each one by name. He commended the students' hard work and wished everyone the best in their post-graduation endeavors.

Congratulations to all the graduates: