The Department of French and Francophone Studies offers Honours, General, and Minor programs, as well as a Specialization in Quebec & Franco-Canadian Studies. Students also have the opportunity to participate in our year abroad program in Nantes.
With courses from the elementary to the advanced levels, we provide our students with all the skills they need to begin, improve, or deepen both their mastery of the French language and their knowledge of French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Our programs help students shape their future as a teacher, professor, interpreter, public servant, graduate student, scholar, or citizen of the world.
One of the distinguishing features of our department is that our courses are given, wherever possible, in small groups of students, and we attach great importance to mentoring and support activities. We aim to ensure that all our students get the most from the academic experiences offered by our programs.
Our emphasis on all French Canadian cultures distinguishes us from other universities in Ontario. We offer courses not only on Quebec culture and literature but also on Acadian and Franco-Ontarian literatures, including Indigenous writers working in French. Graduating students who have fulfilled the requirements for a degree in French Studies may apply for a Specialization in Quebec & Franco-Canadian Studies, if they have successfully the required courses.
An exploration of France and the Francophone world from Africa and the Caribbean, through major literary and cinematographic works, is another key component of our programs.
In addition, the Term Abroad Program in Nantes, France, gives students majoring in French an opportunity to develop and refine their knowledge of French in a European context, in a dynamic city in northwestern France, as part of a well-established program.
Finally, students taking French Studies are encouraged to take courses offered through the Trent Centre for Language and Linguistics. In addition to a wide range of courses in linguistics, you can choose to study Chinese, German, Spanish, and other languages, all with no background required.
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Le 19 mars 2019, les étudiants du cours FREN 4520Y ont participé à un minicolloque par affiches autour du thème de leur cours sur Montréal.