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Athabasca University

French Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2016.

As a graduate of Athabasca University's French program, you will attain a sufficient degree of competence in oral and written French to communicate effectively, to analyze texts and to write critical essays. You will have a thorough understanding of the structure of the French language and its application, including pronunciation, grammar, reading skills and vocabulary usage. The courses in the program will provide you with a knowledge of the literature and culture of France, Quebec, and other Francophone areas and an awareness of the stylistic differences between the French and English languages. Upon completion of the program, you will understand how to conduct further research into the subject matter in order to increase your competence in the study of French language and literature.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

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Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

    1. 45 credits in French major courses including a minimum of 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level French credits).
    2. 6 junior (200) level credits in French in the following courses:  
    FREN 200 First Year University French I
    FREN 201 First Year University French II (3)
    FREN 362 Second Year University French (6)
    FREN 358 Initiation à la littérature d’expression française I* (3)

* It is recommended that students take FREN 358 before taking other literature courses in the French program as it provides a foundation for the study of French literature. (These 3 credits are part of the 30 senior-level credits required in no. 1.)

    FREN 374 Littérature québécoise (6)

Electives (24 credits, 12 of which must be at the 400 level)

All FREN courses except FREN 100 and FREN 101. These courses will not count towards the major in French but will count towards the total number of credits required for the first undergraduate degree.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated August 09 2016 by laurab

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