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FRENCH at the U of M ➔

 

As a French student in the Faculty of Arts, you will learn about the French language and the rich variety of literature and culture. The department of French, Spanish and Italian has many opportunities for you to explore, with three main areas of study in French:

  1. French Language: the study of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the French Language.
  2. French Literature: the study of poetry, prose and drama from various historical periods, with a particular emphasis on French Canadian literature.
  3. French Civilization: the study of the development of French and French Canadian civilization and culture.

Skills you will gain by studying FRENCH

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the French language (writing, speaking, reading, listening and translation)
  • An understanding of the relationship between language and culture
  • The ability to critically evaluate text, media and other cultural forms and independently research new areas of information
  • The ability to communicate effectively in French and apply language skills in the workplace

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This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours ➔

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements: FREN 1190 or FREN 1200

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with
    an academic advisor academic advisor to help you plan your program
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including French Club or Arts Student Body Council.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Info Days and other promotional events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit the International Centre for Students, the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, Louis Riel Institute or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba Contact Guide.

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Year 2 - 60 credit hours ➔

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours: FREN 2660, FREN 2870, FREN 2910, FREN 3140 and FREN 2740 or FREN 3160,
plus additional required FREN courses*

Advanced: 18 credit hours of FREN at the 2000 level*

General: 12 credit hours of FREN at the 2000 level*

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or-4 year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. When choosing a minor, take courses that will open opportunities.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a research assistant position or Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Festival du Voyageur, Folklorama , St. Boniface Hospital or Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) program.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador or join the Student Leadership Development Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider the Study in France student exchange, Explore Program, Student Guide Program in France or travel to France for a “working holiday.”

Staying local? Check out the Language Partner Program, World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program or Reading Buddies. Practice your conversational French through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

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Year 3 - 90 credit hours ➔

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours: FREN 3100, FREN 3500, FREN 3870, FREN 3910 & FREN 2680 or FREN 2720, plus additional required FREN courses*

Advanced: 18 credit hours of FREN at the 3000 level*

General: 12 credit hours of FREN at the 3000 level*

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).

CAREER TIPS


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Start Program.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Languages at Work, Manitoba Legislative Assembly, Winnipeg Public Library and Young Canada Works.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

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Year 4 - 120 credit hours ➔

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours: FREN 4710 or 4730, plus additional required FREN courses*

Advanced: 6 credit hours of FREN at the 4000 level*

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

 

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Odyssey program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a bilingual environment: Consider taking French Second Language for Civil Servants at Université de Saint-Boniface or a conversational French language class through Extended Education.

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Sample Careers ➔

 

Sample careers with an undergraduate degree and related experience

  • Citizenship and Immigration Agent
  • Communications Officer
  • Copy Editor
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Editorial Publishing Assistant
  • Foreign Communication Analyst
  • Foreign Intelligence Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Immigrant Settlement Worker
  • Interpreter
  • Language Training Coordinator
  • Lexicographer
  • Library Service Assistant
  • Student Recruitment Officer
  • Terminologist
  • Verbatim Reporter
  • Visitor Services Agent

Options requiring other education

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What Do Employers Want? ➔

 

Industries such as business, communications, education, government and justice would value a French degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Cultural Competency
  • Digital technology
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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