Campus: St. John's Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Honours available: Yes
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts; International bachelor of arts; Joint arts and science degree
Length: Four years
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The French language is more than a thousand years old and has created one of Europe's greatest cultures. Much of the world's finest philosophy, cinema, history, science and literature are in French. French is one of Canada's official languages and is indispensable for anyone seeking a national career in any field. Having a second (or third!) language is a huge asset in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

French at Memorial

All students majoring in French are required to participate in an immersion experience. Study abroad opportunities include the Frecker Program in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the Canadian third-year in Nice, the Université de Bretagne Sud and other opportunities to work/study in a francophone milieu.

The Frecker program is a total immersion program in St. Pierre-et-Miquelon where students will enrol in five Memorial University French courses at the 2000 level and live with a French family. The program is offered every Fall semester and in July (FREN 2300 and 2900).

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to your meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.

You may choose French as your major at the time of application or you can explore your options and declare a major in a later semester by emailing to make your choice official.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for students studying French.

Sample courses and degree map

FREN 2900 - Survol des cultures francophones (A Survey of Francophone Cultures)
FREN 3506 - Cinéma francophone (French Cinema)
FREN 3651 - Culture québécoise (Quebec Culture)

French degree map

Degree maps are navigational tools, designed to help you make the right choices throughout your bachelor of arts degree. They cover information pertaining to your studies, provide study tips, career guidance, suggestions for involvement, advice on go abroad activities and on your well being.

Career opportunities

In the 21st century, the ability to communicate at the international level is an essential skill that is greatly valued in several areas including:

  • education (translation, research, teaching, library work, graduate studies)
  • business and industry (banking, journalism, export/import, advertising, publishing)
  • social work (police work, health sector, courts)
  • government services (customs, civil service, external affairs, immigration)

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.