Major

Enhance your active communication skills and develop an appreciation of Francophone culture and literature by majoring in French Studies at UBC Vancouver.


Degree Requirements

  • 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:

  • 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 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 345 (3) Techniques of Oral Expression in French II
  • 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

15 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


Entrance Level

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 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 wish to include a major in French in their Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 220, 221, 222, and 223) 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.

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


Declaring a Major


Course Planning

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