Course Sequence - Honours BA in Lettres Françaises

Our programs in Lettres françaises provides a complete, varied and in-depth education by encouraging students to:

Study literature from France, Quebec, French-speaking Ontario and other communities of La Francophonie

Using a number of critical and theoretical approaches, students will expand their understanding of cultural diversity, sharpen their critical thinking skills and enrich their oral and written expression.

Master the French language and, in particular, develop their French writing skills

Specialized courses give students the tools to improve their syntax, enrich their vocabulary and polish their style. Other courses provide theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience with the tools (particularly computerized tools) and the writing and publishing methods used in many occupational settings, including institutions, businesses, the public service, public relations and the media. As sought-after as it is rare, a mastery of the French language is a real asset when looking for a job.

Develop their flair for creative writing

Workshops led by writers-in-residence and professor writers help students improve their own writing and enhance their creativity. What’s more, the University of Ottawa’s Département de français is one of the very few university departments in Canada to offer both a master’s and a doctoral program in creative writing.


The Lettres françaises 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 Lettres françaises C



  • Minor in Lettres françaises


C Co-operative Education Program available.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is French. All assignments and examinations must be done in French. However, elective courses may be completed in either English or French.


These programs lead to careers in teaching, professional writing and copywriting, editing, communication and creative writing.

What can I do with my studies?

( is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for graduates in Lettres françaises.



1 This course has variable topics. Students may take this course twice.
2 The Department will recommend the course FRA2520 to students of the program who will have experienced serious difficulties with grammar in courses FRA1746 and FRA1748 (less than 50 % with the language component in the course).
3FRA optional can be assembled into one of the following profiles, if desired by the student:
Creation Profile, Edition Profile, Language Profile, Writing Profile

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

6 credits

(2 courses)

3 course credits from :
PHI1501 Raisonnement et pensée critique
PHI1701 Philosophie : idées et arguments

3 course credits from :
AHL1500 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts1
AHL1900  Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts/ Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
PHI1502 Raisonnement moral
PHI1503 Les grandes questions philosophiques
PHI1504 Les grands philosophes
PHI1702 Philosophie: thèmes et textes





First module

B.A. spécialisé en lettres françaises

60 credits

(20 courses)

FRA1746 Littérature française : des origines au XVIIIe siècle3
FRA1748 Littératures française et québécoise : du XIXe siècle à nos jours3
FRA2789 Grammaire d’aujourd’hui


FRA2545     Littérature et culture de l'Ontario français
FRA2730     Le théâtre
FRA2732     Initiation aux approches critiques
FRA2740     La poésie
FRA2780     Le récit FRA3759     Histoire de la langue française




6 course credits from :
FRA3561     Le Moyen Âge
FRA3562     Le classicisme
FRA3571     La Renaissance
FRA3572     Le siècle des Lumières
3 course credits from :
FRA3761     Le romantisme
FRA3762     Le symbolisme FRA3763     Le réalisme
FRA3764    Le surréalisme


6 course credits in FRA at the niveau 40002
6 course credits from :
FRA3547 Littératures francophones d'Afrique et des Antilles
FRA3743 La poésie moderne
FRA3746 Théâtres de la francophonie canadienne
FRA3751 Le roman français de la première moitié du XXe siècle
FRA3752 Le roman français
FRA3753 Le théâtre français contemporain
FRA3754 Le roman québécois de 1900 à 1970
FRA3755 Le roman québécois depuis 1970
12 crédits de cours optionnels en lettres françaises (FRA)2

Second module


0 or 30 credits (0 or 10 courses)

Optional minor added after first year.
Students have the option of adding a minor (30 course credits) in any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


24 or 54 credits 

(8 or 18 courses)

In the minor option, students must take 24 elective course credits (8 courses).
In all other cases, students must take 54 elective course credits.




Creation Profile 


Création littéraire I


Création littéraire II


Création littéraire III


Enjeux de la création littéraire


Création littéraire dirigée

Edition Profile


Réécriture et révision


Édition et société


Éditique 1 : le texte et l'image


Rédaction hypertextuelle

Language Profile


La rhétorique


Ancien français


La langue dans le texte littéraire

Writing Profile


Contraction et synthèse de textes


Écriture et information


Communication écrite


Critique et chronique culturelles


Écriture et persuasion

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