Welcome to the website of the Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies at KU

We are saddened by the loss of Professor Jan Kozma, who passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018, with her brother at her side. Over a career spanning 37 years at KU, her dedication to teaching excellence earned her numerous University awards and praise from her students. She also served as department chair, and publishing extensively on Italian literature. We will miss her. Official announcement

French, Francophone ​ and Italian studies ensure that our students succeed in today's global economy - our department offers classes on language, literature, and culture from elementary language courses in French and Italian, to major and minor-level courses in French and Italian, to advanced graduate seminars at the M.A. and Ph.D. level in French.

In our department, students work closely with nationally- and internationally-renowned scholars. Our faculty members have won national awards that recognize excellence in research, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, and a Newberry Library Fellowship, among many others. Our faculty members have also received major research funding from the University of Kansas, including Hall Center for the Humanities Research Fellowships and Keeler Intra-University Fellowships for interdisciplinary work. Undergraduate students can work one-on-one with faculty mentors in the Honors Program, McNair Scholars Program, and the Dean’s Scholars Program.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times