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|LSU’s French program, now recognized nationally for its excellence in teaching and research, has received a number of honors in recent months.|
The French government recently designated the program’s Center for French and Francophone Studies as a “centre pluridisciplinaire” or “multidisciplinary center,” according to Elisabeth Rosemberg of the Consulate of France in New Orleans.
This honor, which recognizes the center’s noteworthy research and teaching efforts, places LSU among the ranks of French programs at Harvard, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Stanford and a handful of other prestigious universities. The designation comes with an initial funding level of 40,000 francs (or about $8,000), which could be increased, Rosemberg said. LSU is one of few public universities to be given the “centre pluridisciplinaire” designation.
The French program’s academic offerings have also been ranked highly in two recent national lists. The Gourman Report, an annual rating of American graduate and professional programs published by the National Education Standards organization, ranked LSU’s French program as No. 25 of the nation’s leading institutions for French graduate programs. And the National Research Council’s most recent assessment of research-doctorate programs in the United States placed LSU’s program in the No. 20 spot in for French language and literature.
“These rankings mean that our program is competitive with renowned programs at schools like Brown, Johns Hopkins, Indiana, and Rutgers,” said LSU Department of French and Italian Chairman Jefferson Humphries. “This is a great indication of the accomplishments of our program in the last several years and of the outstanding French education we offer here.”
According to Humphries, LSU’s French studies program is the premier French Ph.D.-granting program in the South. The program’s efforts reflect the historical importance of Francophone languages and cultures for Louisiana, he said.