French Honours


Admission Requirements

Students may be formally admitted to the program after successfully completing FREN 210 (or its equivalent), with a minimum grade of C or better.

For information about initial FREN course selection, the French language placement test, and FREN course disciplines, visit

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Depending upon the point of entry, students must complete the lower division requirements (see list below) with a minimum grade of C or better in each of the specified courses (or equivalents).

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 18 units, including 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)

and one of

FREN 211 - Intermediate French II (3) *

FREN 212 - French for Immersion Program Students (3)

and one of

FREN 215 - Intermediate French: Oral Practice (3) *

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

* exemption is gained by successful completion of a more advanced French language course. Lower division language courses may be challenged for credit.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 48 units, including

FREN 301W - Advanced French Composition (3)

and one of the following group A courses

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)

and one of the following group B courses

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)

and 41 units of FREN courses, to be chosen from among the remaining courses at the 300 and 400 division. A minimum of 24 of the remaining 41 units must be from 400 division French courses, including the following, which should be completed during the last terms of study.

FREN 491 - Readings in French Linguistics and/or Literary Criticism (3)

FREN 492 - Honours Essay (3)

In addition, the honours student must acquire proficiency (i.e. the equivalent of two terms) in another language in addition to English and French.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours Requirements

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

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • students complete at least 60 upper division units, which must include at least 48 units in upper division courses in a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program; no more than 15 upper division units that have been transferred from another institution can be used toward this requirement
  • Students complete lower division requirements for at least one Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program
  • students are required to achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0, and an honours program CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0

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.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.