French

The French language and literature program includes language studies at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses in literature, culture, film and translation. Our language courses are designed to improve skills in reading, composition and oral communication, and foster critical analysis of cultural material as well as intercultural understanding. Our literature courses cover francophone literatures across historical periods and from a range of geographical regions. Whether you are coming from a French Immersion program or are a newcomer to language studies, the French program can be both an excellent focus for your degree or a perfect complement to any program you might be pursuing. As French is one of the two official Canadian languages and is spoken on five continents, study in French can be applied to nearly any field and can facilitate work in many regions of the globe. Language students at UBCO also have the invaluable opportunity to study abroad in a French-speaking university for one or two semester through UBC’s Go Global exchange program.

Major in French

Students may declare a major in French at any time. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 65% in their FREN courses to graduate with a French major.

Students interested in pursuing a Major in French should consult with a departmental academic advisor during the first year of their B.A. program (consult Critical Studies for a list of advisors). Students interested in studying abroad should inform the departmental advisor as soon as possible.

To complete a major in French, students must accumulate 48 credits in French, with a minimum of 30 credits at the 300 and 400 level.

100- and 200-Level Requirements

Students must complete all of the B.A. requirements, as well as any prerequisites for the required upper-level courses.

    Students must complete:

  • all of FREN 122, 123
  • FREN 215
  • all of FREN 222, 223
  • one of FREN 220,221

300- and 400-Level Requirements

    Students must complete:

  • all of FREN 353, 355;
  • one of FREN 344, 345, 444, 446
  • one of FREN 330, 360, 362
  • 18 additional French credits at the 300 and 400 level.

Minor in French

Students may declare a minor in French at any time. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 65% in their FREN courses to graduate with a French minor.

To complete a minor in French, students must accumulate 30 credits in French with a minimum of 18 credits at the 300 or 400 level.

100- and 200-Level Requirements

Students must complete all of the B.A. requirements, as well as any prerequisites for the required upper-level courses.

    Students must complete:

  • all of FREN 122, 123
  • FREN 215
  • all of FREN 222, 223
  • one of FREN 220, 221

300- and 400-Level Requirements

    Students must complete:

  • all of FREN 353, 355
  • one of FREN 344, 345, 444, 446
  • 9 additional credits of 300- or 400-level French courses.

Major in French and Spanish

Students must complete 54 credits in French and Spanish, with 36 credits at the 300/400 level.

First and Second Years

Students must complete all of the B.A. requirements, as well as any prerequisites for the required upper-level courses.

    Students must normally complete:

  • FREN 122, 123; and two of FREN 220, 221, 222, 223; and
  • SPAN 101, 102; and any of the following sets: SPAN 201, 202 or SPAN 298, 299.

Third and Fourth Years

    Students are required to complete:

  • FREN 353, 355; SPAN 301, 302;
  • 12 additional credits of 300- or 400-level French; and
  • 12 additional credits of 300- or 400-level Spanish.

Page last updated: April 28, 2017

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