French Sudies Extended Minor

Program completion normally takes seven to eight terms. A minimum of 2.0 average (GPA) is calculated on all Simon Fraser University courses that are applied to the minor. Duplicate courses are counted only once.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Depending upon the point of entry, the necessary lower division prerequisites must be fulfilled.

• If grade 12. students must take FREN 210-3 Intermediate French I.
• If A in grade 12. students can take FREN 211-3 Intermediate French II.
• If Immersion, students can choose between FREN 212-3 French for Immersion Students or FREN 211-3 Intermediate French II.
• If you are deemed a "native speaker", or eqiuvalent, you cannot take FREN 215-3 or FREN217-3 or FREN 300-3; instead you must take one other 300 or 400 level course.

One of

FREN 215 - Intermediate French: Oral Practice (3)

FREN 217 - Intermediate French: Oral Practice Through Drama (3)

FREN 300 - Advanced French: Oral Practice (3)

All of

FREN 221 - French Writing I (3)

FREN 222 - French Writing II (3)

FREN 245 - Introduction to Literary Studies (3)

FREN 275 - French Linguistics Today (3)

FREN 301W - Advanced French Composition (3)

Upper Division Units

Note: A minimum of 18 upper division units is required, 9 of which must be taken within the department.

One of Group A

FREN 331 - Accents of French (3)

FREN 332 - Social Approaches to French (3)

FREN 333 - The Magic of French Words (3)

FREN 334 - Topics in French Applied Linguistics (3)

One of Group B

FREN 340 - Survey of Quebecois Literature (3)

FREN 341 - Survey of French Literature to 1600 (3)

FREN 344 - Survey of French Literature after 1789 (3)

FREN 345 - Survey of French Literature from 1600 to 1789 (3)

One of Group C

FREN 304 - Advanced French Grammar (3)

FREN 307 - The Right Word: Advanced Vocabulary and Translation (3)

FREN 330 - Francophone World (3)

FREN 352 - French and Francophone Cultures through Films and/or Media Texts (3)

Any two courses at the 400 level

FREN 407W - Language in Translation: A Contextual Approach to French (3)

FREN 416 - Acquisition of French as a Second Language (3)

FREN 417 - Topics in the Structure of French (3)

FREN 420 - Discourse Analysis of French (3)

FREN 423 - Topics in the History of French (3)

FREN 424 - Topics in French Linguistics (3)

FREN 425 - Topics in the Varieties of French (3)

FREN 430 - Topics in Québécois Literature (3)

FREN 440 - Topics in French Genre Studies (3)

FREN 441 - Topics in French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century (pre-1789) (3)

FREN 442 - Topics in French Literature from 1789 to 1989 (3)

FREN 444 - Topics in Contemporary Literature in French (3)

FREN 452 - Topics in French and Francophone Cultures or Cinemas (3)

FREN 476 - Interdisciplinary Approaches in French Literature (3)

Course Exemptions

It is possible to obtain exemption, up to a maximum of 12 units, from the lower division French language courses by being placed in a more advanced French language course (Placement Test). Students who gain, or hope to gain, course exemption should consult the advisor early.

Transfer Credits

Approved credits for French courses completed at another post-secondary institution (subject to University transfer credit regulations) up to a maximum of six units.

Note: A minimum of 18 upper division units if required, 9 of which must be taken within the department.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements:

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements




W - Writing


Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative


Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth


Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci


Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.