Course Sequence - Honours BA in French Studies

The French Studies program offered by the Département de français is intended for students for whom French is a second language and who hope to attend an immersion experience in France or Quebec, learn more about Francophone culture and literature, or teach French in an English-language setting.

Students start by taking language courses for non-Francophones to improve their French-language skills. Then, as they improve their mastery of the language, students can successfully study the cultures and literatures of France, Quebec, the Franco- Ontarian community and other Francophone populations by taking courses for non-Francophones, all of which include cultural, linguistic and literary components. This is an ideal formula for students who wish to teach French as a second language.


The French Studies program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA in French Studies

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is French. Examinations and assignments must also be presented or written in French.


Opportunities for careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Communications
  • Translation
  • Many other positions where English and French are required


What can I do with my studies?

( is a tool that providesinformation on career opportunities for graduates with a background in French studies.




1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing

3 credits from: 
PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking 
PHI1301 Philsophy: Ideas and Arguments

3 credits from: 
AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction 
ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry

3 credits from: 
AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
PHI1102 Moral reasoning
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHI1104 Great Philosophers
PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts




French Studies

60 credits (20 courses)

FLS2521 Lire et écrire en français langue seconde

FLS2522 Écouter et parler en français langue seconde

FRE1732 Cultures et littératures des francophonies canadiennes   

FRE1734 Lecture et analyse textuelle

12 course credits from List B

21 course credits (minimum of 6 course credits at the 4000 level) from List C

15 course credits (minimum of 6 course credits in French as a second language (FLS) at the 3000 level) from List A   

0 or 30 credits (0 or 10 courses)

Optional minor added after first year

Students have the option of adding a minor (30 credits) in any of a number of disciplines offered by the Telfer School of Management or by the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences.

Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program. 


18 or 48 credits 

(6 or 16 courses)

In the minor option, students must take 18 elective credits (6 courses).

In all other cases, students must take 48 elective credits (16 courses).



FLS2731 Compréhension de l'oral en français langue seconde : niveau avancé I
FLS2741 Mieux lire en FLS
FLS2751 Discutons-en    
FLS2761 Mieux écrire en FLS
FLS2771  Grammaire en contexte : interactions orales et écrites    
FLS3751  FLS et l’art de s’exprimer
FLS3761  S’exprimer à l’écrit en FLS en contexte universitaire
FLS3771 La grammaire des textes universitaires en FLS
FLS3773  Le mot juste en FLS 



FRE2510  Culture et littérature françaises du Moyen Âge à la Révolution
FRE2515 Culture et littérature françaises du XIXe siècle à aujourd’hui
FRE2520 Cultures et littératures francophones dans le monde
FRE2537  La littérature en traduction
FRE2724  La bande dessinée
FRE2734  La chanson
FRE2744  Littérature pour enfants et adolescents
FRE2754  La nouvelle



FRE3504  Roman français
FRE3514  Roman québécois
FRE3520  Poésie française et québécoise
FRE3725  Théâtre français
FRE3735  Théâtre québécois et franco-ontarien
FRE3744  La francophonie par les films
FRE3760  Littérature de l’Ontario français
FRE3770  Littératures francophones contemporaines
FRE3780  Les écritures de soi
FRE4510  Variations du français dans la littérature
FRE4520  Littérature et stylistique
FRE4525  Théories littéraires
FRE4535  Femmes en littérature
FRE4545  Mythes et littérature
FRE4555  Littérature et histoire
FRE4565  Littérature et engagement
FRE4585  Dynamiques interculturelles
FRE4586  Littératures croisées
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