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.
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.
French - PhD
French - MA
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:
“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.
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.
French Studies courses are much more than just language courses. Take courses such as Histoire culturelle et littéraire de la France moderne et contemporaine that discusses French 19th Century and contemporary literature and explores predominant trends in different media such as painting and cinema. Or consider more internationally focused courses such as Histoire culturelle et littéraire de la francophonie et du Québec that looks at the history of ideas and cultural evolution in French Canada, African and Caribbean culture and literature, from the colonial period to the present day.
Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements. A language placement test is available to determine your appropriate starting level in French 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.