Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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What you will learn in this program
French scholars ask questions such as: How did Claude Monet influence the art world? What is the legacy of the French Revolution? How did the Romance languages develop?
Studying French will provide you with a multidisciplinary examination of French language, literature, culture, art and history. This program will allow you to improve your French communication skills while also discovering the Francophone world in all its variety. During the course of your studies, you'll gain creative thinking skills, research and analytical capabilities, intercultural awareness, and the ability to fluently communicate in French.
As a graduate of the French program you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in French can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Courses you'll take:
Expression écrite et orale, Introduction à la linguistique française, La Grammaire par les textes I, La Grammaire par les textes II, Intermediate French
Admission requirements and information
Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
“As a boy growing up in Eastern Ontario, I loved going on family trips to Montreal where I could hear people speaking French. Since then, I have lived and studied in France and French has become the language of my heart.” Anthony brings a rich cultural and intellectual perspective to his teaching. He is particularly interested in French art and uses it in class as an introduction to French culture. In addition to UCalgary, he has taught university courses in Germany, France and Brazil.
Anthony Wall, PhD - Professor
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The number of opportunities to get involved outside of classes is amazing! You can drop by the lively French Centre anytime to get help with your homework or just hang out. You can participate in weekend getaways or cultural events. The classes are relatively small, so it’s super easy to get to know your professors and other students. I feel like a part of a whole and have never regretted my decision to become a UCalgary francophone!
Anna C., French student
Join our community in fall 2019
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.
My degree has been a huge help for me. Without it I would not have this opportunity to teach English in Dijon. Knowing French helps when you live in France! The best thing about my program at UCalgary was definitely the passionate professors. And class sizes were small, so we got to know and support each other. There was a real sense of community. As well, the unique way we looked at French linguistics opened my mind to other perspectives on language.