Expand your horizons and gain an appreciation for Francophone language, literature, and culture around the world through our major, honours, and minor programs in French Studies at UBC Vancouver.
As one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and one of Canada’s official languages, speaking French opens many doors both professionally and personally. Across Canada, French language skills are an asset when applying for federal public sector jobs and are a necessity for advancing to higher-ranking positions. The language also offers access to great works of literature, art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, and cinema.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a native speaker, you will find a rich selection of French language and literature courses that are appropriate to your level and interests.
The French major, honours, and minor programs are designed to enhance students’ active communication skills and develop their appreciation of Francophone culture and literature, including those in Canada, France, Africa, and the Caribbean.
After developing French language proficiency for practical uses such as traveling, students can progress to exploring French literature and the evolution of the language as it evolved from Latin in the years of complex life in Medieval France.
Modern French cultures offer vibrant literature and distinct societies in Quebec, Manitoba, Louisiana, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and in France’s overseas regions, among others.
A French degree teaches you about connection, communication, and community. It often pairs well with majors or minors in other languages, or with subjects such as Political Science, International Relations, History, Canadian Studies, Linguistics, Arts, Film Studies, Music, and more.
Studying Abroad: Serena Huang reflects on her time in Lyon, France
Promoting the French Language: Centre de la Francophonie de UBC