French Studies

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours or General) in French Studies

A degree in French studies can lead to such career choices as teaching, government, journalism, media and business. In addition, mastery of a second language has become an invaluable—many would say essential—arrow in the quiver of the modern university graduate. This is especially true in the Canadian workforce, a major G8 member and an officially bilingual nation. 

  • French as a second language is the second-most frequently taught second language in the world after English, and the only language other than English spoken on five continents
  • Offers a comprehensive program of study in language, literature, linguistics, English-French translation and culture of the French-speaking world
  • All courses are taught in French
  • Includes the option to spend third year studying in France. You may also spend one or two semesters studying at the Université du Québec à Montréal
Program Description
Master one of Canada's official languages and gain an invaluable employment advantage.  This is especially true in the Canadian workforce, a major G7 member and an officially bilingual nation.  Our varied and comprehensive course of study includes courses in language training, linguistics, and the literatures and cultures of the francophone world. You may study for a three-year general or a four-year honours degree.
General French Studies
A three-year general program providing a solid knowledge of the language, literatures and cultures of the francophone world, and training in linguistics and translation.
Honours French Studies
A four-year honour program allows you to further develop your language skills and knowledge of linguistics, literature and culture (with a view to teaching or to further study at the post-graduate level, for example).
Concurrent General Bachelor of Arts (French Studies)/Bachelor of Education*
This intensive, five-year program is designed for students who wish to pursue a BA (General) degree in French Studies, while concurrently studying education and doing field experience in schools. Graduates of this program will receive two degrees and be eligible to teach French as a Second Language at the intermediate/senior (Grades 7-12) level.
Combined Major in French Studies
This is a four-year program taken in combination with another major degree program to allow you to develop unique courses of study to meet your individual needs.
Minor in French Studies
A set of six courses in French Studies are taken in conjunction with another university major program (10 courses are required to have French as a second teachable subject). Our faculty members are graduates of major universities in North America, Europe and Africa. This diversity is one of our greatest strengths, allowing us to offer the particularly rich and varied range of courses in literature, linguistics and culture that characterize our programs.

Minimum Admission Average: 70%

ENG4U required. 

French majors require any Grade 12 U French.

Applicants from outside Ontario or Canada will hold qualifications of an equivalent level.

Students may choose to double major in any BA Honours program.

Exchange Opportunities
You may spend your third year studying in France at the Université de Nice on the French Riviera, at the University of François-Ralebais in Tours, at one of the universities in the Rhõne-Alpes region, or at the Université du Québec à Montréal for one or two semesters.
Other opportunities include a government-funded Summer Language Bursary program in which you’ll spend six weeks in Québec in an intensive immersion environment.
*An opportunity for exchange is not available for Concurrent General BA (French Studies)/Bachelor of Education students. Please contact an advisor in the department for additional information.
  • Teaching French as a first or second language (with additional studies)
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Federal and provincial civil services
  • Law (with additional studies)
  • Business and industry
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