Paschal Kyoore


Co-Chair in Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures, Professor in French, Director in African Studies, and Professor in LALACS

I had my university education in three different continents, at six different universities in four different education systems, in Ghana, France, Spain, and the USA. This has served me and my students well. Apart from my expertise in French language, and French, African, and Caribbean literatures and cultures, I also have expertise in public administration. I obtained an M.A. in Public Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato in the USA, and I have taught January Term courses on Human Resource Management in the public sector. I have also taught this course as a First Term Seminar, a required writing and critical thinking course for first year students who are in the Curriculum I program.

For a number of years now, I have been doing research on folk tales, riddles, proverbs, and other forms of African folklore, and my research has been done in Ghana (West Africa), focusing mainly on the Dagara people of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire. I have published two collections of folktales. I have taught January Term courses on African folklore. Also, I have taught a January Term course in Ghana, and co-taught one in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago) with my departmental colleague Dr. Hayden Duncan, and hope to teach such courses again in the future.

My publications include the following books: THE AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN HISTORICAL NOVEL IN FRENCH: A QUES FOR IDENTITY (1996, reprinted 1998); DAGARA FOLKTALES: vol 1 (2009);  FOLKTALES OF THE DAGARA: GHANA AND BURKINA FASO (2011). I have two manuscripts ready for publication: CONTES ET LEGENDES DAGARA (2017);  DAGARA VERBAL ART: AN AFRICAN TRADITION (2018).

I was part of a group of Gustavus professors who went to Namibia in 2003 for a workshop on social justice, and I plan to teach a January Term course in that country some time in the future. I have good connections in Namibia to help me with the logistics of such a course there.

Apart from courses on French language, French, African, and Caribbean literatures and cultures, I teach a course on Commercial French. My research interest focus mainly on gender and identity issues, colonial and post-colonial encouters, and Dagara (West African) folklore. 


B.A (Hons) French/Spanish University of Ghana-Legon; Diploma in Spanish, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain); Diploma in Spanish Language & Culture—DIE Universitas, Madrid (Spain); M.A, D.E.A, Université de Bordeaux III (France); Ph.D. Ohio State University (USA); MPA Minnesota State University-Mankato (USA)

Courses Taught

FRE-099 (French Portfolio), FRE-102 (French II), and FRE-202 (Intermediate French II)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
FRE-101 French I 19 2014/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, and 2004/SP
FRE-201 Intermediate French I 17 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
FRE-102 French II 17 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/SP
FRE-252 Composition and Conversation II 13 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA
FRE-099 French Portfolio 8 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, and 2015/FA
FRE-364 Francophone African/Caribbean Literatures and Cultures 6 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2011/FA, 2007/FA, 2003/FA, and 1999/FA
FRE-351 Commercial French 6 2015/SP, 2012/FA, 2008/FA, 2004/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
NDL-111 Introduction to Public Administration 6 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2005/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, and 2000/JN
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 6 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
AFS-190 Intro. to Africa 5 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, and 2014/FA
FRE-365 Recent French History 3 2016/SP, 2013/SP, and 2009/SP
FRE-251 Composition and Conversation I 3 2015/FA, 2012/FA, and 2002/SP
FRE-202 Intermediate French II 3 2015/SP, 2008/FA, and 2003/SP
GWS-264 African Women 3 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2008/SP
IDS-260 African Cinema 2 2017/SP and 2013/SP
CUR-250 Literary Experience 2 2014/SP and 2012/SP
NDL-131 African Trickster 2 2013/JN and 2012/JN
AFS-115 African Trickster 1 2020/JN
FRE-367 North Africa 1 2018/FA
FRE-344 ST:Immigration 1 2016/FA
IDS-190 Intro. to Africa 1 2012/FA
FRE-361 French Prose 1 2010/FA
MLC-244 Special Topic: African Cinema 1 2009/FA
MLC-109 Caribbean Culture 1 2006/JN
NDL-268 Career Exploration 1 2005/JN
FRE-362 French Drama 1 2001/SP
MFL-268 Career Exploration 1 2000/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.