Franco American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the French cultures of the United States. Its emphasis is on the people of Franco American heritage in Maine and the Northeast region but it recognizes that cultural patterns do not stop at national borders.
The primary goal of Franco American Studies is to broaden the canon of knowledge on Franco American peoples, culture, and literature. It encourages and facilitates faculty engagement, undergraduate exploration, and community research as it becomes a research and learning center for the people of Maine and beyond.
Franco American Studies also has a deep commitment to education. It seeks to prepare students to reflect upon and understand their world. Combining different disciplinary offerings with interdisciplinary core courses, it encourages students to investigate the historical, political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped the Franco American community and by extension, the distinct racial and ethnic communities throughout the United States. Franco American Studies teaches an awareness and understanding of cultural difference, a necessary knowledge in today’s increasingly global society.