Faculty of Arts - French

Program description

Beyond the first-year level there are courses in every important field of French language and literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day, including the literature of French Canada, French-speaking African countries and translation techniques. France, Quebec French-speaking African cinema are also taught and the department has specialists in these areas. Each year a number of visiting distinguished scholars give lectures on their special interest, and in some cases, conduct seminars for senior students.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years
B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - 4 years
B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - 4 years – Honours Double option available

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Conversation courses
  • Literature from the 17th century on
  • Franco-africain literature
  • Cinema from Quebec
  • Grammar and writing courses
  • Translation courses
  • French women writers
  • Civilization and culture courses

Professional opportunities

  • Public service
  • Education
  • Translation
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Diplomacy

Note: a degree in French is a definite asset regardless of one's chosen career path. Given the increased demand for bilingual individuals in our society, it makes perfect sense to pursue post-secondary studies in French.

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Highlights about specific program and what differentiates it from other universities and colleges. We have specialists in the traditional fields of literary history, but we also strive to renew our offerings by creating theme-related courses, such as women's autobiographical writing in the Ancien Régime, the great classics of world literature, the meaning of life in Beauvoir's writing. We promote interdisciplinary thinking in courses such as literature and medicine, and French existentialist psychotherapy.

Important links

Faculty of Arts 
French, Spanish and Italian
Faculty of Graduate Studies