Undergraduate study in French

What can you study?

There are French language acquisition courses for every level, including beginners. You also have a choice of courses on French literature and culture, with some taught in French. Study possibilities include French literature, film, history, medieval studies, linguistics and translation.

You can extend your experience of the living language by participating in theatre productions, film screenings and in our French Club. You also have opportunities to take Study Abroad courses in a French speaking country.
 

Undergraduate programmes in French

You can study French as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in French will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.
 

Enrolling in French courses

We advise you to take one language acquisition course in each semester. Your options will depend on your language entry level. There are also distance and flexible learning options.

If you have prior knowledge of French, you will complete a placement test before enrolling so we can determine which course you should enrol in.

If you are enrolling in a French language course for the first time, refer to information about first time enrolment in language courses.
 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in French as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Planning your BA major or minor in French

The major and minor must include certain language acquisition courses. The major in French also requires other specified courses. Students who start with FRENCH 101/161 should note that this course does not count towards the major. All students majoring in French must take EUROPEAN 100 Thinking Europe. (You can take this in your second or third year if you wish). If you are majoring in French, you should take FRENCH 269 French Language and Culture in Film and Literature as soon as possible. This course strengthens your language abilities and introduces the study of literature and film.

Other courses to meet the requirements set out below can be chosen from any French courses, but we recommend that if you take FRENCH 201 you also take FRENCH 241 Reading French Literature or FRENCH 269 French Language and Culture in Film and Literature, and that if you take FRENCH 300 you also take FRENCH 341 Panorama of the French Novel, as these courses taught in French strengthen reading and writing skills and prepare you for postgraduate study.

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for French. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for French

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre

Diploma in Languages and Certificate in Languages

French is available for the Diploma in Languages and the Certificate in Languages. The diploma consists of 120 points of specified courses and the certificate of 60 points. These programmes are normally taken part-time alongside study for a degree.

Find out more about the Diploma in Languages and Certificate in Languages.