Our program is one of the broadest in Canada, encompassing literature, linguistics and drama 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'll be taught oral and written expression and aural and written comprehension — aided and guided by tutorial assistants from France and Quebec.
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 and to gain a better understanding of the varieties of French spoken throughout the world.
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.
York offers two French language certificates:
- Certificates of French Proficiency (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced). For more information about these certificates, contact the Department of French Studies at 416-736-5086.
- Certificat en rédaction professionnelle
York also offers a Bachelor of Education (French) Concurrent Teacher Education Program – for French immersion.
- French Studies offers students an exchange program with the universities of Bordeaux, the Univérsité Paris Val de Marne and with all the universities located in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
- Get involved! The student association, Le Club FrancoFans 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 Le Club FrancoFans, 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.
Sample First-year Schedule
- 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 PathsExplore what you can do with your degree
- civil service
- human resources
- journalism, publishing
- NGOs and international organizations such as Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International
Internationalize your degree
The iBA degree program reflects 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.
You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:
- Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
- Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)
In the absence of final grades in courses:
- You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
- Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.
We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.