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French Studies/Études françaises


Three-Year General French

Eligibility for graduation in the General French program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 30 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 65%.
  2. At least 12 term courses must be in French of which at least five term courses must be at the 300- or 400-level. Required courses: FR 195A, 196A, 200A/B, 300A, 352.

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Four-Year General French

Eligibility for graduation in the Four-Year General French program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 65%.
  2. At least 16 term courses must be in French of which eight must be at the 300- or 400-level. Required courses: FR 195A, 196A, 200A/B, 400A, and one of 400 or 452.

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Honours French

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours French program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 75%.
  2. At least 20 term courses must be in French of which at least five term courses must be at the 300-level and five at the 400-level. Required courses: FR 195A, 196A, 200A/B, 283, 400A, and one of 400 or 452.

Recommended Program


Year One
FR 195A and 196A - prerequisites for second-year literature courses
FR 192A and 192B - recommended
Additional elective courses

Year Two
FR 200A/B, 251, 252, 283, plus one additional term course in French
Additional elective courses

Year Three
FR 351, 352, plus additional French courses at the 300-level
Additional elective courses

Year Four
FR 400A, one of 400 or 452, plus additional French courses at the 400-level Additional elective courses

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Honours French (Applied Studies Co-op)

Students may combine an Honours French program with Applied Studies Co-op. The requirements in French are identical to the Joint Honours requirements listed below. See Applied Studies for the Applied Studies Requirements.

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French Teaching Specialization

There are currently two entry points for the program:

  1. Honours French, French Teaching Specialization, Honours Co-op

    The student enters after a regular first year in Arts, and must fulfill the following requirements: successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of 75%. At least 20 term courses must be in French with five at the 300-level and five at the 400-level. Required courses: FR 195A, 196A, 200A/B, 283, 400A, one of 400 or 452, plus two courses in linguistics (from FR 203, 303, 403, 409). Students who do not already have native fluency in French are required to spend two terms (normally in Year Three) at a French-speaking university. Students opting to study in France must include FR 473 in their program. Students will be required to take PSYCH 212 (Educational Psychology) for which PSYCH 101 is a prerequisite. The remainder of the program is offered by Brock University.

    Students graduate with an Honours BA degree from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education degree awarded by Brock University, and receive certification from the Ministry of Education to teach French and a second subject at a secondary level.

    Recommended Program: Honours French, F.T.S., HCO Program


    Year One
    FR 195A and 196A (or 192A/B)
    PSYCH 101
    Two term courses in a second teaching subjects
    Five elective term courses

    Year Two
    FR 200A/B, 251, 252, 283
    CO-OP 000 (non-credit seminar)
    PSYCH 212
    Two term courses in a second teaching subject
    Two elective term courses

    Year Three
    Except in the case of exempted Francophone students, this year is spent at a French-speaking university in France or in Quebec. Students should take the equivalent of: FR 351, 352, one linguistics course (from FR 203, 303, 403, 409), two term courses in the second teachable subject, and other subject electives. Total term courses completed this year should be ten. The courses chosen should be approved by the Department of French Studies and by other departments in which discipline courses are taken.
    Year Four
    FR 400A, one of 400 or 452, one linguistics course (from FR 203, 303, 403, 409), and 473 (if the student participated at a French-speaking university in France)
    Two further term courses in French
    Two term courses in the second teaching subject
    Two elective term courses
    Two term course tutorials in teaching techniques

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  2. Honours French and Applied Studies, French Teaching Specialization, Honours Co-op

    Candidates apply for admission to the Applied Studies Program from high school and apply to the French Teaching Specialization in the first year. The following courses are required in Year One of the Applied Studies Program: ACC 123, 131, one of CS 100, 112; ENGL 109; two courses in a second language (which, for those intending to major in French, will be French); CO-OP 000 (non-credit Co-op seminar); and, for those students intending to pursue the French Teaching Specialization, PSYCH 101. See item 1) above for the French requirements.

    Students graduate with an Honours BA and Applied Studies designation on their degree from Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Education degree awarded by Brock University and certification from the Ministry of Education to teach French and a second subject at the secondary level.

    Recommended Program: Honours French and Applied Studies, F.T.S., HCO Program


    Year One
    ACC 123, 131; CS 100 or 112, ENGL 109* (Requirements of the Applied Studies Program)
    FR 195A and 196A (or 192A/B)
    PSYCH 101
    Two term courses in a second teaching subject
    Two elective term courses.
    * Students may be exempted from this Applied Studies requirement on the basis of their mark on the English Language Proficiency Examination, in which case they may choose a further elective.
    Year Two
    FR 200A/B, 251, 252, 283
    PSYCH 212
    Two term courses in the second teaching subject
    Two elective term courses

    Year Three
    Except in the case of exempted Francophone students, this year is spent at a French-speaking university in France or in Quebec. Students should take the equivalent of: FR 351, 352, one linguistics course (from FR 203, 303, 403, 409), two term courses in the second teachable subject, and other subject electives. Total term courses completed this year should be ten. The courses chosen should be approved by the Department of French and by other departments in whose discipline courses are taken.
    Year Four
    FR 400A, one of 400 or 452, one linguistics course (from FR 203, 303, 403, 409), and 473 (if the student participated at a French-speaking university in France)
    Two further term courses in French
    Two term courses in the second teaching subject
    Two elective term courses
    Two term course tutorials in teaching techniques

Notes

  1. Students who do not already have native fluency in French are required to spend two terms (normally in Year Three) at a French-speaking university.
  2. Students at both entry levels must complete all the requirements for the French Honours Degree P Co-op Teaching Specialization Program, as well as the two teaching techniques courses, FR 000A and 000B, offered by Brock University on the University of Waterloo campus.

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French Joint Honours Program

The Department of French recognizes combined honours programs with the following disciplines:

Anthropology            German
Classical Studies       History
Dance                   Latin
Economics               Mathematics
English                 Music
Environment and         Philosophy
 Resource Studies       Political Science
Fine Arts               Psychology
Geography               Recreation and 
Religious Studies	 Leisure Studies
Russian	                Spanish
Social Development 
  Studies
Other combinations must be approved on an individual basis with the departments concerned.

Eligibility for graduation in the Joint Honours French program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 44 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 75% in each of the two disciplines.
  2. At least 16 term courses must be in French (in the case of Political Science only 14 are required) of which at least four French term courses must be at the 300-level and four French term courses at the 400-level. Required courses: FR 195A, 196A, 200A/B, 283, 400A, and one of 400 or 452.

Recommended Program


Year One
FR 195A and 196A
Eight additional term courses

Year Two
FR 200A/B, 251, 252, 283
Additional electives

Year Three
FR 351, 352, and two or three French courses at the 300-level
Additional electives

Year Four
FR 400A, one of 400 or 452, and two or three French courses at the 400-level
Additional electives

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Minor Program in French

A minor program in French will consist of 10 term courses in French Language and/or Literature. Students must complete FR 351 and 352. The following may not be counted as French credits towards a French Minor: FR 151, 152, 155, 198, 199, 291, and 292.

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Note For All Programs
Students who wish to major or honour in French are strongly urged to take an appropriate first year level French language course in addition to FR 195A and 196A.

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Third-Year Programs in France and Quebec

The Department of French Studies offers two programs at the University of Nantes in France, one in conjunction with Trent University and the other as part of WaterlooUs Co-op stream. Study at universities in Paris and in Quebec is also available through exchange programs. Application deadline is the third week in November for studies beginning the following Fall and Winter terms. Please see the Department of French Studies for application information.

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