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French Major

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Program Overview

U of T Scarborough French students will study both the structure and mechanics of the French language, and will also learn practical French for business and everyday use. Studies in French allow for a wide range of interests: French history and culture; the enhancement of practical language skills including translation; the study of how the language is structured and how it evolved and spread; the development of approaches to the teaching of French; and the exploration of the rich literature and cultures of the francophone world.
 

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

1. Competencies & Skills

  • Communicate effectively and spontaneously in spoken and written French
  • Understand and analyze literary texts and other media
  • Translate, revise and edit documents• Understand and apply linguistic theories
  • Conduct independent research in French
  • Recognize, interpret and use socio-cultural cues

2. Careers for Graduates

  • Foreign Service or Immigration Officer in Government Services
  • Translator in Technical Writing• Tour Operator in Travel and Leisure Services
  • Research Associate in Publishing
  • Donor Relations Coordinator in Charities
  • Case Manager in Social Services
  • Communications Assistant in Public Relations
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • ...and more!

3. Further Education

  • French Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Translation
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Education
  • Law School
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • ...and more

Program Pathway

Year 1
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY
  • 1.0 credit as follows: FREA01H3, FREA02H3; French Immersion/Francophone students will start at FREB01H3 or FREC01H3. If you have advanced proficiency in French, please speak to the Associate Chair for placement.
  • Explore different kinds of courses; this will also help with fulfilling breadth requirements and electives.
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
  • Schedule an appointment with your Program Librarian for in-depth research assistance with your assignments.                                                      
  • Get writing support at the CTL Writing Centre.
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Year 2
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY
  • 1.0 credit as follows: FREB01H3, FREB02H3.
  • 0.5 credit as follows: FREB50H3.
  • 1.0 credit in French Linguistics and 1.0 credit in Culture and 1.0 credit in French Literature (see UTSC Calendar for course lists) - taken in year 2 to 4 depending on course level.
  • Use Degree Explorer to plan your degree.

DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS

APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE

  • Consider participating in the Explore Program, the 5-week French Language program.
  • Consider enrolling in FREC10H3 a service learning course that combines academic learning with hands-on learning within the community.

BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)

PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER

  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Considering grad school? Speak to professors and advisors early so you are on track.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.
Year 3

CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY

  • 1.0 credit as follows: FREC01H3, FREC02H3.
  • 1.0 credit in French courses not already taken.
  • Continue to fulfill your Linguistic, Culture, and Literature requirements from year 2.
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track with your degree.
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Year 4 or Final Year
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY
  • 0.5 credit as follows: FRED01H3.
  • Continue to fulfill your Linguistic, Culture, Literature, and courses not already taken requirements from year 2/3.
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track to graduate.
  • Register your “Intent to Graduate” on ACORN by the deadline.
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
  • Apply for an Academic Travel Fund through Department of Student Life (DSL) to research, present at a conference, or engage with the international academic community.
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions relevant to your field.
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning to work or further education.
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Get your Personal Statement for grad school reviewed in the AA&CC.

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Did You Know

French is the official language of 29 countries in the world.