Department of French Studies

General

The Department of French Studies offers a programme that primarily covers the literatures of France and French Canada, as well as other aspects of French studies such as civilization and language (linguistics and stylistics).

The Department offers Minor, Major and Honours degrees in French Studies. The prerequisite for these programmes is FRF152 or an equivalent course.

French is the only language of work within the Department. Our courses can be taken by any student whose first language is French or who has the required knowledge and skills. The professor responsible for the course will make the final decision, with the approval of the Department Head.

Department Mission

The mission of the Department of French Studies is threefold:

  1. Quality in teaching. The purpose of our courses is to enable students to develop intellectual skills, acquire the knowledge required at the university level, and obtain a bachelor's degree.  
  2. Quality in research. The Department of French Studies provides a stimulating research environment that enables professors to expand their knowledge in their fields of specialization and to draw on their research to enrich their teaching.
  3. Participation in administrative tasks. The Department of French Studies participates actively in College activities in order to contribute to continuously improving the university environment.

The most important of these three roles is to provide Officer Cadets with a high-quality education, as the knowledge they acquire during their undergraduate years will be the foundation for their graduate studies or their future careers.

Program Objectives

The programme offered by the Department of French Studies is designed to develop students’ intellectual capacities and provide them with the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills required for literature and language studies.

The courses offered by the Department of French Studies have four fundamental objectives:

  1. To teach students to express themselves clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing, in their first- and second-year courses, and to do so more thoroughly and rigorously in their third and fourth years.
  2. To focus on the importance of cultural and social values in the evolution of civilization and the modern world, particularly the French-speaking world. Literary studies enable students to fully appreciate a people’s or a community’s cultural and social forces and to situate them in the context of political, economic, strategic and historical interests, in order to understand the evolution of societies and the nature of the contemporary world.
  3. To promote flexibility in intellectual skills, including reflection, analysis and critical thinking, which are often required in a profession, particularly for managing professional relationships. Knowledge of critical and analytical methods enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the influence of language, as well as its limits and constraints.
To encourage students to learn less Cartesian ways of thinking, such as intuition, imagination and aesthetic awareness, which are extremely useful in certain situations. Literary works generally focus on human problems and the steps taken to solve them. Those problems require intellectual flexibility and analytical ability—qualities that will be indispensable to students who go on to hold positions involving responsibility and leadership.

Communication Skills

French studies focus on improving oral or written communication in the first and second year courses, but also in those of third and fourth years, specifically for students registered in a concentration or honours program. The analytical study of literary texts also enables students to develop critical thinking.

Knowing the critical and analytical methods will enable students to better understand the potential and limits of language.

Perceptions: Literary studies enable students to fully understand the cultural and social values of a people or community. They enable them to recognize the underlying forces of the evolution of any society. One of the objectives of French studies at all levels of education is to demonstrate that the influence of cultural and social forces is as important to our understanding as are political, economic, strategic, and historical realities for understanding the historical evolution of societies and the complex nature of the world we live in today.

Intellectual Development

As in other disciplines, French studies will enable participants to master evaluation and logic analysis methods. Furthermore, the very nature of French studies also promotes less Cartesian ways of thinking, such as intuition, imagination and aesthetics. These ways of thinking are specially useful for resolving human problems.

A literary work usually deals with human problems and what can be done to solve them. These problems require intellectual flexibility and analytical skills which are very useful for people with management responsibilities.

Programme structure

First year

These courses (FRF151 and FRF152 or equivalents; 2 credits each) are designed to improve students' writing abilities, style and understanding of French literary texts.

Second year

This course (FRF262 or equivalent; 2 credits) is designed to improve style and enable students to appreciate the most significant French literary works. The first semester will be devoted to French literature from outside of Canada since the 16th century; the second, to French-Canadian literature, mostly from the 20th century. This course lays a foundation for further studies in Arts and Human Sciences, Social Sciences and Administration.

Third and fourth years

These courses are primarily designed for students enrolled in a Minor, Major or Honours programme in French Studies. However, they are available to students enrolled in other programmes.

Courses at the 300 and 400 level essentially cover two fields: literature and linguistics. The literature courses cover three areas: Literature from France, from French Canada, and from the Francophonie. The linguistics courses cover two areas: French linguistics and French-Canadian linguistics.

All third- and fourth-year courses are worth one credit and last one semester. Most are offered every two or three years. Students are strongly advised to select their courses in advance, to consult professors in the Department and to discuss their choices with the Department Head.

Requirements for Bachelor of French Studies

The Department offers a bachelor's degree at three levels: a Minor, a Major and an Honours degree.

1. Minor in French Studies

Students must successfully complete at least 8 credits in the Department of French Studies, including FRF152 (or equivalent; 2 credits) and FRF262 (or equivalent; 2 credits).

2. Major in French Studies

Students must successfully complete at least 16 credits in the Department of French Studies. Mandatory courses are FRF152 (or equivalent), FRF262 (or equivalent), FRF344, FRF346 and FRF347, for a total of 7 credits. An additional 9 credits must be selected from various course categories:

  1. From Antiquity to the Renaissance;
  2. From the Great Century to the Enlightenment;
  3. Modernity and Modernities;
  4. From Jacques Cartier to the Quiet Revolution;
  5. French-Canadian Modernity;
  6. Themed courses.

3. Honours Degree in French Studies

Students must successfully complete at least 20 credits in the Department of French Studies. Mandatory courses are FRF152 (or equivalent), FRF262 (or equivalent), FRF344, FRF346 and FRF347, for a total of 7 credits. An additional 13 credits must be selected from various course categories:

  1. From Antiquity to the Renaissance;
  2. From the Great Century to the Enlightenment;
  3. Modernity and Modernities;
  4. From Jacques Cartier to the Quiet Revolution;
  5. French-Canadian Modernity;
  6. Themed courses.

For the other regulations concerning awarding of this degree, see the Undergraduate Calendar, Regulation 3.1, “Honours Programmes of Study – Academic Regulations.”

Regulations concerning awarding of a Bachelor of Arts “with Distinction” or with “First Class Distinction”

See the Undergraduate Calendar, “Academic Distinctions – Academic Regulations,”      Regulations 12.1 and 12.5.

 

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