For student advising and information on our French program, please contact any of the professors listed above.

Courses and programs in French are offered by the Department of Languages and Cultures.

  1. Enrollment in some language courses involves the following formal placement procedures.

    Students who have not previously taken a language course at this University, but who have a background in French, must take a placement test available on-line. Students who do not have any background in French should enroll in Beginners' French Level I (FREN 1111) without taking the test. At the beginning of each language class, students will also be asked to complete and sign a Language Profile Form attesting their language background.

    All information regarding the placement test is available at the following link:
    1. Permission to register or remain in a particular language course can be refused if the Department judges that the student’s knowledge exceeds the level for that course.
    2. Native speakers are not eligible to receive advanced credit for language courses.
    3. Completion of Advanced Standing (transfer) courses does not exempt a student from taking the placement test.
  2.  The student’s eligibility to enroll in language, culture, and literature courses, and in specific sections of those courses, is determined by the Chairperson in consultation with the instructor in light of the student’s ability level in the language concerned, previous course work completed at university or elsewhere, and overall size of the course or section of a course. In matters of placement, the decision of the Chairperson is final.
  3. In order to ensure the academic integrity in language courses, especially at the lower levels of instruction, the Department of Languages and Cultures does not allow native or near-native speakers of a particular target language to enroll in courses at the 2000 level or lower.

    Students who misrepresent their knowledge of any given language by providing inaccurate or incomplete information about their linguistic educational history will be subject to disciplinary action as laid out in Academic Regulation 18.
  4. The Department of Languages and Cultures supports a policy of regular class attendance by students. Frequent, unexplained absences from class will result in a lowering of the final grade in a manner to be determined by each faculty member.
  5. Students enrolling in any French course below the 3000 level are required to take a placement test (unless they have previously successfully completed a French course at this University at the 3000 level).
  6. Students should note that courses in literature and/or culture fulfill the BA Humanities requirement 3(c) but do not fulfill the 3(b) requirement. The following courses satisfy the 3(c) requirement;
FREN 3310Introduction to French Culture3
FREN 3312Introduction to Quebec Culture3
FREN 3350Introduction to Literature Written in French, I3
FREN 3351Introduction to Literature Written in French, II3
FREN 4410Songs in French3
FREN 4416The Eighteenth Century3
FREN 4426The French Short Story3
FREN 4433Francophone Women3
FREN 4451Quebecois Literature I3
FREN 4452Quebecois Literature II3
FREN 446020th Century French Literature3
FREN 4461Contemporary French Literature3

Programs in French 

The following programs are available in French: Honours, a major, a minor, a concentration, study abroad, and a certificate of proficiency. The Department offers a balanced program involving courses in language, culture and literature.  

Those with a solid background in French, especially Francophones or those having attended a French school, are to begin their studies with courses beyond Intermediate French Level I (FREN 2235)/Intermediate French Level II (FREN 2236) This condition may also apply to certain high school immersion graduates.  Native, near-native, or fluent speakers of French may not enroll in courses at the 2000 level or below. Courses at the 2000 and 3000 levels cannot be taken concurrently.

Intermediate French Level I (FREN 2235) is the normal starting point for majors. High school graduates having completed the “Core” program should enroll in Basic University French Level I (FREN 2201). Students who have taken French at another university are asked to consult with the Chairperson before registering.

Students are required to do the online Placement Test (on Departmental Website) in order to find the course that best suits their needs. Students having previously taken Beginners' French Level I (FREN 1111) and Beginners' French Level II (FREN 1112) or Basic University French Level I (FREN 2201) and Basic University French Level II (FREN 2202) at Saint Mary’s are not required to take the placement test.

Students interested in doing a Major or a Minor in French or in teaching French as a career are strongly advised to seek assistance from the Department on course selection and teacher training programs as early as possible.