Honours

Gain specialized knowledge in French Studies and prepare for graduate study or teaching through our honours program at UBC Vancouver.

This program is highly specialized and is designed for students with at least a B+ average in both their French courses and their overall degree program. It provides the necessary background for graduate study and a particularly strong preparation for those intending to teach French at the secondary level.


Admission Requirements

The French honours program is not declarable. To enter the program, a student must:

  • Have attained third-year standing (54 credits completed)
  • Have maintained a B+ average
  • Have completed FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 222, and FREN 223
  • Apply directly to the Major and Honours by contacting the Associate Head of French, Dr. Farid Laroussi (farid.laroussi@ubc.ca)

Degree Requirements

3 credits:

  • FREN 353 (3) French Grammar

3 credits:

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

3 credits:

  • 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:

  • FREN 495 (3) Research Seminar in French
  • FREN 499 (3) Honours Essay

18 credits:

  • 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 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:

  • 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 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 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

Required of all Honours candidates, the Honours Essay represents an extended personal research project (in finished form usually about 35-40 pages typewritten) carried out under the supervision of two members of the Department’s Graduate Faculty: a supervisor who will meet regularly with the student and a second reader.

Preliminary research on the topic chosen is expected to be completed by mid-term, at which time the candidate is required to submit for approval a detailed outline of the projected work. The finished essay is due on the last day of lectures of the term.

The Honours Essay is seen less as an original contribution to knowledge than as a means for providing the student with an opportunity to become familiar with the methodological problems of research as well as with the techniques and problems of scholarly writing.

Students who are planning to do an Honours Essay must submit a proposal to the Major and Honours Advisor. The proposal must include a one-page abstract, a bibliography, and the names of the two professors who are willing to supervise the work.

The proposal should be submitted by November 1, if the student intends to register in this course in January (FREN499-201).

The proposal should be submitted by March 1, if the student intends to register in this course the following September (FREN499-101)


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