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French Studies

French is spoken by 220 million people around the world and we invite you to lead the conversation. Huron offers a rigorous program that includes intensive one-on-one mentoring with professors and numerous opportunities to collaborate on original research.

Deepen your understanding of the world by seeing it through another perspective with the ability to understand the complex nuances of another language.

Students in a French Program at Huron become skilled in using the French Language in all types of communication through the in-depth study of grammar, composition, professional French, translation, and conversation. Our Leaders with Heart are also given the opportunity to explore many different aspects of French and Francophone literature and film. This diversification allows Huron's students to construct a program in French according to personal aptitudes, interests, and goals. The well-rounded educations given in all French programs prepare students for future careers in Canada and in French-speaking countries.

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Alumni Stories

Our incredible alumni have gone on to pursue a diverse range of career and graduate opportunities. Employers are looking for something that distinguishes you from all the other applicants. If you have competency in a second language, especially French in the Canadian market, it is an advantage in many job situations.

  • I decided to study French because I wanted something that would set me apart from others when I graduated
    Julia Smith BA'18
    BA, French and Psychology
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  • When you have a Philosophy degree, you can do anything you want with it. I feel pretty strongly about a Liberal Arts education
    Dave Beeston, BA'01
    Executive Vice President, Boston Red Sox
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Program Options (French Studies)

Honors Specialization
Specialization
Major
Minor

Sharpen your French language skills, so you are better able to share your ideas and experiences with a broader range of people. With its focus on grammar, translation and oration, the French Language Minor can help you further develop the linguistic capacity you established in public school. Paired with another subject in the Liberal Arts or a business-focused degree, you'll gain valuable skills that will help you excel as a local and global Leader with Heart. 

Learn more about the French Language Minor.

Broaden and deepen your knowledge of the French language and culture. Intensively study French grammar, linguistics, speech and so much more. Analyze some of the most major and influential French texts, while being taught the essential skills of literary analysis in a second language.

Sharpen your understanding of the major aspects of French and Francophone literatures and cultures, their particular histories as well as their relationship to the larger discipline of arts and humanities. 

Learn more about the following degree programs offered through French Studies:

Your exploration of French Language and Literature will help you attain an extraordinary knowledge of Canada's "other" official language. You will reach beyond basic linguistic competency to become a highly-capable French speaker who can pull from literary, cultural and historical references during discussions with Francophone and French audiences.

From grappling with significant French texts through to intensive grammatical work and the development of a solid linguistic foundation, French Language and Literature courses will pique and satisfy your curiosity about this formidable language and culture.

As your progress through your degree, you may choose to partake in specialized courses that deal with specific literary and cultural topics, themes and issues that will cross historical, generic and cultural borders. You may also take advantage of research-intensive courses and community-based learning opportunities. 

Learn more about the following programs offered in French Studies:

Honors Specialization
Major
Specialization
Minor
Combined Honors Specialization Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Huron/HBA

Professors

The French program at Huron is built upon a small and dedicated group of professors who have exemplary knowledge of the French language - and culture that surrounds it. They're excited to work with you to help build your linguistic competency and support your engagement with important French texts, events and experiences that will encourage your development of a sophisticated grasp of this influential global partner. 

Learn more about the professors who are going to help you become a bi-lingual Leader with Heart. 

  • My teaching aims to keep my students motivated in studying French language, literature and culture in a stimulating, relaxed and productive learning environment and to help them become independent thinkers
    Mariana Ionescu, PhD
    Associate Professor, French
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French Studies Courses

Deepen your understanding of the world by seeing it through another perspective with the ability to understand the complex nuances of another language.

Students in a French Program at Huron become skilled in using the French Language in all types of communication through the in-depth study of grammar, composition, professional French, translation, and conversation. They are also given the opportunity to explore many different aspects of French and Francophone literature and film. This diversification allows Huron's students to construct a program in French according to personal aptitudes, interests, and goals. The well-rounded educations given in all French programs prepare students for future careers in Canada and in French-speaking countries.

After first year, students can explore more specific issues such as: advanced language, francophone literature and cinema, comics and graphic novels, translation, children’s literature.

2018-2019 Courses

1000-Level Courses

FRE 1002 – Intensive French (550/552) Buglea 550 course outline/552 course outline
FRE 1910 – University French (Level 1) King View course outline

2000-Level Courses

Course Instructor Course Outline
FRE 2408B – Culture & Gastronomy  Ionescu View course outline
FRE 2600E – Introduction to French Literature King View course outline
FRE 2900 – Language (Advanced Level II) Ionescu View course outline

3000-Level Courses

Course Instructor Course Outline
FRE 3301A – Contemporary Language Translation King View course outline
FRE 3752F – Topics in Francophone Literature & Film Ionescu View course outline
FRE 3900 – Language (Advanced Level III) Buglea View course outline
2017-2018 Courses
Course Instructor Course Outline
FRE 1002 – Intensive French Buglea View course outlines
FRE 1910 – University French (Level I) King View course outline
FRE 2107B – Improving Spoken French Buglea View course outline
FRE 2408A – French and Francophone Culture Studies: Comics King View course outline
FRE 2600E – Introduction to French Literature King View course outline
FRE 2900 – Language (Advanced Language II) Ionescu View course outline
FRE 3206B – French for Liberal Arts Professors Ionescu View course outline
FRE 3753F – French and Francophone Literature Written for Children and Young Adults  Buglea View course outline
FRE 3900 – Language (Advanced Level III) Buglea View course outline
FRE 4902A – Advanced French Language Studies Ionescu View course outine

 

Careers - French Studies

French is the official language of over thirty different countries and is spoken in many more located on all five continents. A knowledge of French is your passport to making friends, establishing business contacts and interacting on the world stage. Grads of the French Studies program go on to a diverse range of careers in things such as:

Where will a degree in French Studies take you?
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Civil Service
  • Foreign Service


 

  • Canada-wide Companies
  • Travel and Tourism
  • International Business
  • Library Sciences (Books, Film, Music)
  • United Nations
  • Translating/Interpreting
  • Teaching
  • Armed Forces
  • Politics
  • Humanitarian Aid
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Key Contacts

Geoff Read, PhD

Dean, Arts and Social Sciences & Associate Professor, History
519.438.7224 ext. 222
gread4huron.uwo.ca
A106

Mariana Ionescu, PhD

Chair & Associate Professor, French and Asian Studies
519.438.7224 ext. 259
mionesc2uwo.ca
A210

Sherry Wells-Foster, MA

Coordinator, Dean's Office
519.438.7224 ext. 281
sherry.fosteruwo.ca
A106

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

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