Major in French

The requirements for the Major in French comprise:

FREN 222 (3) French Language and Style I
FREN 223 (3) French Language and Style II
FREN 220 (3) Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis
FREN 221 (3) Introduction to Modern Literature written in French and to Textual Analysis
Native French speakers who received their secondary education in French in a French speaking community may qualify for a French Major by earning these 30 credits alone. 

3 credits:

FREN 353 (3) French Grammar

3 credits from:

FREN 370 (3) Introduction to French Linguistics
FREN 371 (3) Introduction to French Literary Theory and Methodology

3 credits from:

FREN 328 (3) Selected Works of African and Caribbean Literature
FREN 329 (3) Selected Works of European French Literature
FREN 330 (3) Selected Works of Quebecois Literature

6 credits from:

FREN 328 (3) Selected Works of African and Caribbean Literature
FREN 329 (3) Selected Works of European French Literature
FREN 330 (3) Selected Works of Quebecois Literature
FREN 333 (3) French Civilization I
FREN 334 (3) French Civilization II
FREN 335 (3) French-Canadian Civilization
FREN 336 (3) The Francophone World in Images
FREN 344 (3) Techniques of Oral Expression in French I
FREN 351 (3) Corrective French Phonetics
FREN 355 (3) Advanced Composition
FREN 357 (3) Translation I
FREN 360 (3) Introduction to Old French
FREN 370 (3) Introduction to French Linguistics
FREN 371 (3) Introduction to French Literary Theory and Methodology
FREN 407 (3) Studies in Medieval French Literature
FREN 408 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Sixteenth Century
FREN 409 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Seventeenth Century
FREN 410 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Eighteenth Century
FREN 413 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Nineteenth Century
FREN 416 (3) Studies in French Literature since 1900
FREN 418 (3) Studies in African and/or Caribbean Literatures of French Expression
FREN 419 (3) Studies in Women’s Writing
FREN 420 (3) Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture
FREN 423 (3) Studies in Theatre
FREN 424 (3) Studies in Prose Fiction
FREN 425 (3) Studies in French Autobiography
FREN 427 (3) Studies in Cinema
FREN 429 (3) Studies in Non-fiction Prose
FREN 430 (3) Studies in Quebecois Literature
FREN 457 (3) Translation II
FREN 460 (3) Studies in Historical French Linguistics
FREN 468 (3) Romance Linguistics
FREN 470 (3) Studies in Modern French Linguistics
FREN 472 (3) Morphology of the French Language
FREN 473 (3) Syntactic Description of the French Language
FREN 474 (3) Synchronic Lexicology
FREN 475 (3) Canadian French: A Descriptive Approach
FREN 481 (3) Studies in Literature and the Arts
FREN 482 (3) Studies in Literature and Philosophy
FREN 483 (3) Studies in Literature and History
FREN 484 (3) Studies in Book Culture
FREN 495 (3) Research Seminar in French
FREN 498 (3) Directed Reading

15 credits from:

FREN 407 (3) Studies in Medieval French Literature
FREN 408 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Sixteenth Century
FREN 409 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Seventeenth Century
FREN 410 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Eighteenth Century
FREN 413 (3) Studies in French Literature of the Nineteenth Century
FREN 416 (3) Studies in French Literature since 1900
FREN 418 (3) Studies in African and/or Caribbean Literatures of French Expression
FREN 419 (3) Studies in Women’s Writing
FREN 420 (3) Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture
FREN 423 (3) Studies in Theatre
FREN 424 (3) Studies in Prose Fiction
FREN 425 (3) Studies in French Autobiography
FREN 427 (3) Studies in Cinema
FREN 429 (3) Studies in Non-fiction Prose
FREN 430 (3) Studies in Quebecois Literature
FREN 457 (3) Translation II
FREN 460 (3) Studies in Historical French Linguistics
FREN 468 (3) Romance Linguistics
FREN 470 (3) Studies in Modern French Linguistics
FREN 472 (3) Morphology of the French Language
FREN 473 (3) Syntactic Description of the French Language
FREN 474 (3) Synchronic Lexicology
FREN 475 (3) Canadian French: A Descriptive Approach
FREN 481 (3) Studies in Literature and the Arts
FREN 482 (3) Studies in Literature and Philosophy
FREN 483 (3) Studies in Literature and History
FREN 484 (3) Studies in Book Culture
FREN 495 (3) Research Seminar in French
FREN 498 (3) Directed Reading

Beginning the Major

Students who wish to include a Major in French in their B.A. degree and who can understand, speak and write French at a high B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages normally begin with four 200-level courses (FREN 222 & 223, FREN 220 & 221) that will introduce them to the linguistic analysis of the French language and to the analysis of literary works.

Some incoming first-year students may already have reached the high B1 level and may enrol directly in FREN 220, 221 or 222.  For example:
– Students with transferred credit for UBC’s FREN 122 and 123, earned through high academic standing in AP French, in IB higher-level French, or in A-level French in a British-patterned school.
– Students with secondary-school credit for French Immersion 12 who have graduated with high academic standing in French.

These students also have the option, however, of further strengthening their communicative skills first, by taking our B1-level communicative courses, FREN 122 and 123, and some may need to do so.
So, they should verify their command of grammar (even for the literature courses, where they will be expected to write short essays in correct formal French) by writing the FREN 222/223 Placement Test,
Click here for instructions to access the online placement test.


Most other first-year students with secondary-school credit for French 12 or an equivalent to it will need to strengthen their communicative skills by taking the B1 courses, FREN 122 and FREN 123, before moving on to the 200-level courses required for the Major.

Students in second or third year who have been progressing through the various levels of French courses at UBC (FREN 101, 102, 111, 112, 122, 123, 224, 225) may begin a Major once they have completed FREN 123.

Students who qualify to enrol in FREN 224 or 225 do not need to complete FREN 123 to register to the Major.

Science Faculty students wishing to add a French Major to a B.Sc. program will choose their starting point according to their background, just as B.A. candidates do, but they will also have to present the Science Faculty’s Minor in an Arts Discipline Approval Form to a French Advisor to have it filled out and signed before returning it to the Science Advising Office.