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French Studies

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Undergraduate Chair: S. Inkel (Jan-June), M. Dufresne (July-Dec)
Graduate Chair: François Rouget

Le Département d’études françaises offre trois programmes d’études au 1er cycle (de la mineure au baccalauréat spécialisé) ainsi que des cours destinés aux débutants, le tout dans une atmosphère collégiale et chaleureuse. Vous pourrez améliorer votre compétence en français, ou étudier la littérature et la culture de langue française. Il est également possible de participer à un programme d’échanges au Québec ou en France.

The French Studies department offers three undergraduate concentrations (a Minor, a Medial and a Major) as well as courses for beginners. Areas of study include oral and written language as well as the literature and culture of French. Courses are offered in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. It is also possible to study French in either Québec or France during summer or year-long exchanges.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in French Studies
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline. Access to this Plan in your second year is a grade of B- in FREN 150.

Medial in French Studies
A dual course of study in French Studies and any other Arts discipline. Access to this Plan in your second year is a grade of B- in FREN 150.

Minor in French Studies
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline. Access to this Plan in your second year is a grade of C in FREN 150.

Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in French Studies
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

Graduate Degree Options

French - PhD
French - MA

Courses Available to First-Year Students 2015-16

FREN150: Français Intermédiaire (Full-year)
Practice in reading, writing, grammar review, and literary analysis. For students wishing to complete a major, medial, or minor Plan in French.
NOTE    Placement test recommended prior to registration.  For information go  to:  Http://www.queensu.ca/french/undergraduatestudents/placementtest.html.

Introductory French Language Courses Open to Non-French Students

  • FREN 106/3.0 and/or FREN 107/3.0 Communication et culture I and II
  • FREN 111/3.0 Révision de la grammaire I 
  • FREN 112/3.0 Révision de la grammaire II
  • FREN 118/3.0 Communication et culture III

The Communication et Culture program is a series of language courses stressing oral proficiency. The courses listed here are good elective choices for any Arts or Science student. They may also be used towards the requirements of a Global Development Studies Plan, a World Language Studies Plan or a Certificate in French language competency. The courses listed here may not be used towards the requirements of a French Studies Plan, and students intending to pursue a Plan in French should not register in these courses.  They are instead directed towards FREN 150/6.0. 

Job and Career Opportunities for French Studies Grads

One of the world's global languages, French is spoken or understood by 200 million people, and is the most frequently taught second language after English. It is one of Canada's two official languages, and an essential prerequisite for work in the federal context. The Department of French Studies aims to help students to develop a high degree of competence in the French language, both written and spoken, starting from the various levels they have achieved before entering university. Those who complete a concentration in French study both language and literature, with the possibility of adding courses in linguistics making them more employable in a variety of fields.

Some of our French alumni work in the following industries:

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Advocacy - Patient
  • Anthropology
  • Banking
  • Broadcasting - Radio and T.V.
  • Civil Service
  • Communications
  • Community Development
  • Consulting - Management
  • Corrections
  • Editing
  • Foreign Service
  • Fundraising & Event Management
  • Immigration Services
  • Insurance
  • International Development
  • Interpretation
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing Media – Electronic & Print
  • Mediation & Labour Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Sales - Retail and Wholesale
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Teaching Translation
  • Travel & Tourism

What to do with a French degree handout from Career Services >

Department Student Council

The department student council for French Studies is an active group of students. First year are encouraged to participate.

More information on the French Department Student Council

Graduate Studies

Pre-modern (Ancien Régime), Modern and Contemporary French Literature and Culture; Canadian, Quebec and Francophone Literature and Culture; Linguistics Supervisors will be determined within the first 6 months of your degree for the MA and the first 24 months for the PhD.

  • Johanne Bénard: 20th-century French literature; Céline; autobiography; pragmatics, theatre.
  • Agnès Conacher: Early Modern Literature (end of the 16th century and 17th century), mysticism, identity, memory in the 17th century.
  • Catherine Dhavernas (Department Head): 20th Century French literature; Duras, Yourcenar; Literary theory; Philosophy of history; Benjamin; Interdisciplinary studies.
  • Monique Dufresne: Diachronic linguistics; syntax & morphology of medieval French; history of French; creation and use of annotated corpora.
  • Stéphane Inkel: Québec literature; political philosophy and literature; history and literature; French literature, 20th century; Réjean Ducharme; Jacques Ferron; Victor-Lévy Beaulieu; Samuel Beckett.
  • Greg Lessard: Lexicology and semantics; natural language generation; Second language acquisition; computer-aided text analysis. • François Rouget: Medieval and Renaissance literatures ; Poetics ; literary history.
  • Elisabeth Zawisza: Eighteenth-Century Novel, Diderot, sociology of literature, feminist theories.

Alumni Profile

“I have recently returned from an international exchange to France. Living my everyday life using the French language further enhanced my knowledge and confidence in speaking another language. I was able to make international friends, travel, and communicate in a classroom setting as well as in a local atmosphere in French. I returned to Canada and became aware of how important and beneficial it is to know the French language and was excited about continuing to pursue my French studies degree at Queen’s. “

Melissa McCoy in Annecy, France during her Winter 2014 exchange at Université Stendhal – Grenoble III as part of the Ontario/Rhône-Alpes program.

Certificate of Competence in French Language

Students who are not registered in a French Plan but have taken certain courses in French at Queen’s or received transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere are eligible for a Certificate of Competence in French Language.  Note that this is not a Senate-approved Certificate Program and therefore will be noted as an Academic Milestone on the transcript.  The Certificate will be issued by the French Department on behalf of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL   18.0 units in French.  Required courses include FREN 150/6.0, FREN 250/3.0 and three units from the Communication and Culture series of courses.  All courses taken for the certificate must be at a level equal to or above FREN 150/6.0, with the exception of FREN 118/3.0. 

INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED LEVEL  24.0 units in French.  Required courses include FREN 150/6.0, FREN 250/3.0, FREN 330/3.0 and three units from the Communication and Culture series of courses at the level of FREN 219/3.0 or above.  All courses taken for the certificate must be at a level equal to or above FREN 150/6.0.

Only 6.0 units from Communication and Culture courses (FREN 106/3.0, FREN 107/3.0, FREN 118/3.0, FREN 219/3.0, FREN 320/3.0) or the equivalent transfer credit can be counted towards the Certificate of Competence (Intermediate and Advanced).

For both levels, students will be required to take an examination (written and oral) at the end of the Winter Term of the student’s graduating year.  Granting of the Certificate of Competence will be based on a mark of at least B- in the written and oral examinations.

Applications for the Certificate should be received by the Department of French Studies before the Departmental deadline.

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