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French major

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: 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:

Course Title Credits
FREN 101 French Language I 3

For students with French 11, FREN 101 or equivalent, instructor's permission, or assessment or the department:

Course Title Credits
FREN 102 French Language II 3

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

Course Title Credits
LING 101 An Introduction to Language 3
FREN 215 Intermediate French I 3
or FREN 230 Intermediate French for French Immersion Students I
FREN 216 Intermediate French II 3
FREN 219 Intermediate French Composition 3
FREN 225 Francophone Language and Culture via Media 3
FREN 242 Intermediate French Oral Communication 3
FREN 245 Cultures of the Francophone World 3

Upper-level requirements: 32 credits

Course Title Credits
FREN 315 Introduction to Francophone Literature 4
FREN 319 Advanced French Composition 4
FREN 325 Phonetics and Pronunciation: The Silky Sounds of French 4
FREN 342 Advanced French Oral Communication 4
FREN 345 Cinéma français et québécois depuis 1950 4
Three of: 12
FREN 415 Myths, Legends, and Tales in Francophone Literatures
FREN 420 French Translation and Comparative Stylistics
FREN 430 French Applied Linguistics
FREN 450 Special Topics in French I (see Note)
FREN 451 Special Topics in French II (see Note)
FREN 452 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.

Graduation requirements

To be eligible to graduate with a major in French, students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in FREN 219 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 in all other courses applicable to the major.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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