French Studies

Department of French Studies
Department of French Studies

Undergraduate Studies


The Department of French Studies, located in the heart of campus, boasts an active and diverse research and teaching program since its creation in the late 1860s. The French Department encourages personal contact with professors and an opportunity for total immersion. The Department has over 1000 undergraduate students taught by 8 permanent academic faculty with excellent research expertise. A significant number of international students, including students from Québec, Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States make it a vibrant and dynamic place to study.Picture of students on campus

The Department offers language instruction from beginner to advanced and a wide range of literature courses. Covering the areas of Francophonie, Quebec and Canadian studies, linguistics, civilisation and culture from the Middle-Ages to the present, it also offers courses in film and media, business French and translation. Our undergraduate program's strength stems from having core components that allow for flexibility of choice. Undergraduates are encouraged to spend their third year of study at a francophone university, for which they receive 3 to 4 Queen's credits. Most of our students are also given the opportunity to participate in summer immersion programs.

Queen's university library possesses an excellent selection of French books and journals and the recent designation of Kingston as a bilingual city highlights the importance of resources and services in French.

Students also benefit from our French Center - Le Centre francophone - where, in an informal atmosphere, they can listen to our speaker series of distinguished academics and writers. At le Centre francophone, students can also enjoy film screenings during the academic year.

Why do a major in French Studies?


Testimonials of French 499 students:

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for the lovely reference letter you wrote for me! I am pleased to let you know that I have accepted an initial offer from the Calgary Board of Education for a full time French immersion teaching position for the coming school year!  

In addition to the reference letter, I should most definitely be thanking you for teaching me so much last year!!! The move to Alberta will be exciting/scary - I'll be channelling my inner you throughout haha!

I hope the semester is going wonderfully for you. Thanks again so much.

I hope you had a great holiday and a good start to the New Year! How are the new French T.A.'s doing this year? I'm so glad we had that opportunity, definitely helped me for my French placements this year! I am currently in the beginning stages of applying for teaching jobs. Thanks so much for your time. 

I hope your year is going well and that you have a great new bunch of TA’s for FREN150! I just got back from my first teaching placement in a grade 4/5 class near Toronto, and wanted to write you because I had the opportunity to teach Core French. I taught the parts of the body, sentence order, engaged students with popular songs and reviewed paragraph writing with them all through engaging games and activities, some of which I used in my tutorials last year. Throughout my teaching, I just kept thinking about how grateful I am that I had the opportunity to TA last year! The weekly tutorials and our weekly meetings made me so much more comfortable in my oral communication as well as delivering lessons to a full class of students. So, I just wanted to email you to thank you for helping me feel more confident in my French abilities and I look forward to using them more often in the future!