The French Studies Program is designed to enhance active communication skills and develop an appreciation of the various literatures and cultures of the Francophonie.

A variety of language, linguistic, cultural, and literature courses – the latter offered in both French and English – aim to foster an in-depth understanding of the French-speaking world.

Students wishing to specialize in French may do a Minor, Major, or Honours program, all of which include a basic core of upper-level courses in grammar, literature, and linguistics as well as additional coursework of the students’ choosing.

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Admission to the Honours program requires an application. The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing.

If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.


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Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
Buchanan Tower
797-1873 East Mall
Tel: 604-822-2879