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Spoken in 47 countries, French is a language of major significance in the international arena. The French Programme, which is part of the Department of Languages and Cultures, offers a full range of courses for all levels, from Introductory French for beginners to postgraduate programmes for advanced students.

You will study the French language and French literature, art and culture. Work in the language laboratory of the Language Learning Centre and in oral classes with native French speakers forms an important part of the programme.

With the aid of films, video material, computer assisted language learning programmes and through contact with native speakers, you are encouraged to use the French language as much as possible, both in and out of class.

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See the full list of French (FREN) papers.

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Programme requirements

Diploma in Language (DipLang) endorsed in French

Seven of:

Students admitted directly to papers at 200- or 300-level must replace their prerequisites with other papers in the subject concerned

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in French

Level Papers Points

FREN 131  Introductory French 1

FREN 132  Introductory French 2

GLBL 101  Introduction to Intercultural Communication





FREN 232  Intermediate French

FREN 233  French for Professional Purposes

One of FREN 250, EURO 202, GLBL 201, GLBL 202





FREN 333  Advanced French 1

FREN 334  Advanced French 2

Two of FREN 335, FREN 336, FREN 341, FREN 350, EURO 302, GLBL 301, GLBL 302

Note: Students with previous knowledge of French will be placed in FREN language papers appropriate to their level. Students placed in 200- or 300-level language papers will still have to pass approved papers worth 180 points in order to major in French.





180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in French


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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in French

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in French is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in French

  • FREN 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either :
    FREN 441 Advanced Topics in French
    FREN 451 Studies in French
    FREN 452 Studies in French 2
  • Or:
    FREN 441 Advanced Topics in French, and
    two other approved 400-level papers

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in French

  • Thesis: FREN 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in French or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in French must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in French prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Minor subject requirements

French as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Papers Points

Five FREN papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one at 300-level.


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