Courses & Programs
Honours in French as a Second Language (60 credits)
These programs are designed for students who wish to specialize in French as a Second Language or Études françaises et québécoises. Often, but not necessarily, students in these programs are planning to pursue their studies at the Master’s level. Each is composed of 60 credits (20 courses) with the combined designations FRE and FRA for Honours in French as a Second Language, and FRA only for an Honours in Études françaises et québécoises. Up to 9 credits (3 courses) in appropriate fields, previously approved by the Department, could be counted as cognates. Students must maintain an average of at least 70%, calculated on the best 60 credits in the Honours discipline (including cognates), in order to graduate with an Honours degree in any Division of Humanities.
Major in French as a Second Language (48 credits)
This program is designed for students who wish to become bilingual, teach a second language (in partnership with the School of Education), or pursue a career where a very good knowledge of French is a strong asset.
Majeure en langue et culture française avec programme d’échange (48 credits)
The Majeure en langue et culture française avec programme d’échange is a program designed for francophone or native-like students wanting to explore and master various cultural aspects of the francophone world. To graduate with this major, students must have completed a minimum of 6 FRA courses (18 credits) at Bishop’s University. These credits must be combined to:
a) French credits taken during an exchange program, over one or two semesters, at a partner university in France or another French-speaking country, or to
b) French credits taken at a partner francophone university in Quebec. Students must register for the major before leaving on an exchange program and seek approval from the Chair of the Department concerning their course selection at a partner university. A maximum of 2 Level 3-Advanced FRE courses could be credited to this major program.
Major in Modern Languages with a French component (60 credits)
The Major in Modern Languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages requires the completion of 60 credits in two languages (30 credits in each language) and French may be chosen as one of the two languages.
Certificate in French as a Second Language
To obtain the Certificate in French as a Second Language, students must complete 10 courses in FRE French as a Second Language (which might include FRA courses according to the student’s level). The B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in all four language competencies (oral comprehension, oral production, written comprehension, and written production) is mandatory to graduate from this program. Experiential learning components and outings in the local Francophone community are also strongly encouraged in the curriculum.
The objectives of the Certificate in French as a Second Language is to train non-Francophone students —mature, immigrant, refugee, second-degree, etc.— in becoming functional and fluent in all four language competencies (oral production, oral comprehension, written production, and written comprehension), and reach the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or Level 7 of the Échelle québécoises des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes.
The TEFAQ or the TEF exam, offered at Bishop’s University, is strongly recommended as an exit evaluation for the program.
Minor in French as a Second Language (24 credits)
This program is intended for students with little or no French who wish to acquire a good working knowledge of the French language. To complete this minor, students must have at least completed FRE 141 at Bishop’s.
Mineure en Études de la langue française (24 credits)
This program is intended for students with a good knowledge of French who wish to improve their grammar and develop a wider knowledge of the francophone culture. Students in this program can focus on the various language skills and/or on culture and literature courses. To complete this minor, the student should choose 8 courses from our “FRA” offering, although a maximum of two (2) FRE Level 3-advanced courses can be accepted in this minor.
For complete details, view the Études françaises et québécoises section of the academic calendar.