French Studies

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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
BA, iBA
Full-Time, Part-Time
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Our program is one of the broadest in Canada, encompassing literature and linguistics as well as language courses at all levels.

The French Studies program focuses on the study of language, linguistics and literature while exploring francophone culture around the world. We keep our classes small to give you plenty of opportunity to speak French and interact with professors and classmates. You will be taught oral and written production and comprehension, guided by teaching assistants from France. 

The linguistics program exposes you to the many branches of linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonetics, sociolinguistics, etc.) through a variety of practical and theoretical approaches. You will have the opportunity to study linguistics as applied to translation and to second language teaching. 

The literature program opens doors to the literatures and cultures of the francophone world with a particular focus on French and French Canadian literature. You will develop analytical skills through the analysis of texts using various theoretical and philosophical approaches.

French Studies at York's Keele Campus offers two French language certificates:

  • Certificate of French Proficiency (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).
  • Certificate of French for Business (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).

For more information about these certificates, contact the Department of French Studies at 416-736-5086.

  • French Studies at Keele offers opportunities to go on an exchange programs with various universities in Europe (Bordeaux, Rhône Alpes, Geneva + more)
  • Graduating French Studies students have the opportunity to go teach in Bordeaux, France for a year.
  • Get involved! The Association des étudiants Francophiles et Francophones and the Student Affairs Committee are responsible for a full program of cultural activities, giving you an opportunity to participate in additional linguistic and cultural experiences. For information on how to join the club, contact the departmental office at 416-736-5086.
  • Take advantage of The Multimedia Language Centre (MLC) of York University, located in S117 Ross — a resource centre dedicated to supporting students who are enrolled in language, literature and linguistics programs.

Possible Career Paths
Civil servant, Human resources professional, Tourism specialist, Journalist, Communications specialist, Non-governmental organization worker, International organization worker

 

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • A first-year French course (your level of proficiency is assessed with a placement test)
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Courses outside your specialization in French

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • civil services professional
  • human resources professional
  • tourism specialist
  • journalist
  • communications specialist
  • non-governmental organization worker

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program(s) reflect York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

      Requirements for admission:
    • Alberta High School Diploma
    • ELA30-1 or English 30
    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
      • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

          Requirements for admission:
        • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
        • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

            Requirements for admission:
          • Baccalauréat Général
              • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

              Requirements for admission:
            • Baccalauréat Général
                • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                To gain admission to this program, the Baccalauréat Général with a minimum overall score of %cutoff.bcc% is required.

                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                Requirements for admission:
              • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                  • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                  • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                  • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                      • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                      • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                        • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • One year of CEGEP
                      • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                      • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                          • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                          To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • One year of CEGEP
                        • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                        • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                            • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                            To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                            • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                              • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the final year of Senior 3/Grade 12 level of study with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.chs%% on all academic courses.

                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Lise Diplomasi
                                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Lise Diplomasi
                                  • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of 4.0/5.0 on all academic courses.
                                  • Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum %cutoff.turkey% average in the final year of senior studies.

                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                        • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                        To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                        • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                            • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                              • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                              To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                              • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                                • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • Completion of one of the following:
                                                • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • Completion of one of the following:
                                                  • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                  • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                  • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                  • Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum %cutoff.indian% average in XII.

                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                  • English 40S
                                                  • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                    • English 40S
                                                    • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                      • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                      • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                      • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                        • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                        • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                        • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                          • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                          • English 3201
                                                          • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                            • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                            • English 3201
                                                            • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                              • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                              • English 12
                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                • English 12
                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                    • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                      • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                      • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                      • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                        • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                        • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                        • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                          • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                          • ENG4U
                                                                          • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                              OUAC code YRE

                                                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                            • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                            • ENG4U
                                                                            • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                OUAC code YFN

                                                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Applicants to Honours-level program: Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Applicants to Bachelor-level program: Overall average of 2.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                              • English 621
                                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                                • English 621
                                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                  • Grade 12 English
                                                                                  • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                    • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                    • Grade 12 English
                                                                                    • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                      • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                      • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                        • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                        • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                                          • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                            • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                                            • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                                              • High School Diploma
                                                                                                  • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                • High School Diploma
                                                                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                                                                    Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum %cutoff.us% GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses.

                                                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                    • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                    • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                                        iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                      • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.