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French Studies

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Vaux le Vicomte, France

Vaux le Vicomte, France (image courtesy of Kenneth Meadwell)

Paris, France

Paris, France (image courtesy of Kenneth Meadwell)

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco (image courtesy of Kenneth Meadwell)

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral, France (image courtesy of Kenneth Meadwell)

Spoken by over 100 million francophones on 5 continents, French is an official language of the United Nations, NATO, UNESCO, the Vatican, the Olympic Games, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, Amnesty International, the Red Cross and many countries including Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Senegal, Rwanda and Haiti, to name just a few. In the global world of the 21stcentury, becoming bilingual is more desirable and relevant than ever.

French gives you the competitive edge you need to get ahead in a whole range of careers: airline customer service representative, businessperson, customs officer, diplomatic aide, educator, foreign correspondent, guide (museums, art galleries), human resources director, intelligence analyst, knowledge worker, lawyer, manager, nurse, office worker, public servant, radio broadcaster, social worker, translator, and many more! By mastering French, you will enrich your life and enhance your career opportunities, no matter what path you choose.

About our program

In French Studies, we offer the 3-year BA (Major or Combined Major), the 4-year BA (Major or Combined Major) as well as the Honours BA. Students with no previous knowledge of the language can begin here with FREN-1001(6). Those with some prior knowledge can meet with an advisor from the department of Modern Languages and Literatures to select the appropriate level of first-year course.

Once you have mastered the basics, you can choose from a broad range of stimulating courses where you will discuss current events and contemporary issues, translate newspaper articles and other texts, read classics from the Middle Ages, enjoy well-known authors such as La Fontaine or Molière, investigate the evolution of the Quebec novel, discover the particularities of African and Caribbean literature, analyse the themes and styles of Canadian children’s literature, compare regional varieties of French in the francophone world, explore the phenomenon of bilingualism and multilingualism, learn modern French idioms and proverbs or analyse the sounds, structures and words that make up the modern French language.