UFV offers a major, an extended minor, and a minor in French as part of its Bachelor of Arts program. The primary goal of the French major is to enable graduates to acquire advanced levels in writing, reading, speaking, listening and interacting in French, one of Canada’s official languages. French major graduates will be well-prepared for employment in teaching French, translation, and working in bilingual positions such as those offered by the Federal Government, as well as in other areas of today’s globalized, multilingual workforce.
Three optional immersion courses at the fourth-year level have been developed in conjunction with a student exchange program between UFV’s French program and Université Laval. For more information, contact the department head or an Advisor.
This section specifies the major discipline requirements only. Information on additional Bachelor of Arts requirements
can be found here, including the requirements for declaring a major. Please check the Bachelor of Arts residency section of the calendar for how many upper-level credits must be completed at UFV in order to graduate with this program.
Note: A minimum grade of C+ in FREN 219, as well as a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 in all
other courses applicable to the major, is required for graduation with a major in French. Successful completion of LING 101 with a minimum grade of 2.00 is required prior to the declaration of a French major.
For students entering UFV with no previous knowledge of French, or longer than two years since completing French 11:
French Language I
For student with French 11, FREN 101 or equivalent, instructor's permission, or assessment or the department:
French Language II
For students with French 12 or FREN 102:
In addition to the general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, students declaring a major in French will be required to complete the following courses.
Lower-level requirements: 21 credits
An Introduction to Language
Intermediate French I
or FREN 230
Intermediate French for French Immersion
Intermediate French II
Intermediate French Composition
Francophone Language and Culture via Media
Intermediate French Oral Communication
Cultures of the Francophone World
Upper-level requirements: 32 credits
Introduction to Francophone Literature
Advanced French Composition
Phonetics and Pronunciation: The Silky Sounds of French
Advanced French Oral Communication
Cinéma français et québécois depuis 1950
Myths, Legends, and Tales in Francophone Literatures
French Translation and Comparative Stylistics
Introduction to French Linguistics
Special Topics in French I (see Note)
Special Topics in French II (see Note)
Special Topics in French III (see Note)
Note: FREN 450, 451, and 452 are not offered at UFV; these courses are intended for students who participate in a formal exchange program, currently available at Université Laval.
At least 60 credits of the 120 BA credits must be completed at UFV, of which 30 must be upper-level. At least 15 upper-level credits that count toward the French major must be completed at UFV.