Division of Department of Global Humanities Department of French Literature
Learning French sophistication through books and conversations
At the Department of French Literature you can master the French language and culture under the guidance of four professors (including a native speaker). Undergraduate students study reading and speaking in French for three years, and during their fourth year they write a graduation thesis on a topic related to France. The topic is freely chosen and might concern French novels, poetry, or drama; cinema; fine arts; the history and society of France; French philosophy; or similar topics. Some students compare the Japanese and French languages, explore French teaching methods, or investigate French magazines.
Also, starting with their second year students can spend up to a year studying in France. Tohoku University holds student exchange agreements with many educational institutions, but the University of Strasbourg, the University of Lyon, the Université Grenoble Alpes, the University of Rennes 2, and the École normale supérieure de Lyon are the most popular choices. Being involved in so many programs, our department has accumulated much know-how about student exchange. Proficiency in French is not required to enter our department, but we advise you to finish introductory French courses during your first year, if possible. Recently more and more of our graduates have been finding work in the public service sector and university administration, but the range of employment opportunities is much broader, including teaching positions, jobs in trading companies, publishing and banking, and so on. Some students choose to enter graduate school to pursue academic careers.