French Cohort Program

FCP Program Structure

A bilingual program that allows you to explore several disciplines while earning your BA degree

In the French Cohort Program, you will discover three subject areas that will help you develop essential skills for today’s job market. These include critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, among others. Approximately 65% of your courses will be taught in French.

During your second year of study and based on your interests, you will be able to choose between:

  • Standard program
    • Major in Political Science with Extended Minor in French
  • Alternative programs
    • Major in French with Extended Minor in Political Science
    • Double Major

These three choices include mandatory history courses, which not only give students a perspective on the past while providing insights into the future, but also a solid understanding of the Canadian context.

Questions for the FCP Student Advisor:
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A unique cohort program

Being part of the French Cohort Program means being part of a university community.

Each cohort of 20 to 30 students enjoys a high level of interaction with professors, unique experiential learning opportunities and relationships that will flourish throughout their career.

During your first two years of study, you and your cohort will take all your required courses together most of these being cohort-specific (CS) sections of courses taught in French (e.g. F100). Courses are to be taken in a logical and cohort-specific sequence, as detailed below. Once you have declared your major at the beginning of your second year—political science and/or French—the selection and sequence of courses will vary slightly.

The French Cohort Program can be completed in 4 years if you choose to take an average of 10 courses per year, ideally spread over the three university terms (fall, spring and summer). It is also possible to reduce your course load by adding a fifth year of study. Your student advisor can help you determine what is best for you once you are admitted to the program and throughout your studies.

Typical FCP Course Sequence

All courses listed are offered IN FRENCH unless indicated otherwise.

NOTE: This is only an example of a typical 4-year course sequence. The sequence may change slightly from year-to-year due to course offerings modifications. In addition, students may choose to adapt their sequence for various reasons.

Cohort-specific course sequences will be communicated directly to FCP students prior to each Fall and Spring term enrollment period.

First year


  • POL 100-3 (F100) - Introduction to Politics and Government
  • FREN 212-3 (F100) - French for Immersion Program student
  • FREN 221-3 (F100) - French Writing I
  • Elective


  • POL 244-3 (F100) - Canada in the World
  • POL 253-3 (F100) - Introduction to Public Policy
  • FREN 222-3 (F100) - French Writing II
  • Elective


  • 2-3 courses (elective/WQB),
  • OR 5th course fall/spring term,
  • OR 5th year of studies

Second year


  • POL 20OW-4 - Investigating Politics: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (in English)
  • FREN 245-3 - Introduction to Literary Studies
  • FREN 275-3 - French Linguistics Today
  • HIST 102W-3 (F100) - Canada Since Confederation


  • POL 201-4 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (in English)
  • POL 210-3 (F100) - Introduction to the Political Philosophy
  • FREN 301W-3 (F100) - Advanced French Composition
  • FREN 300-level course or Elective


  • 3 courses (elective/WQB/FREN),
  • OR 5th course fall/spring term,
  • OR 5th year of studies

Third year


  • Exchange term at a Francophone university.



  • SFU term is usually not possible if studying at a European institution for exchange.

Fourth year


  • POL 325-4 (F100) - Language and Politics
  • POL 359-4 (F100) - Canadian Foreign Policy
  • FREN 3XX/4XX-3
  • FREN 3XX/4XX/452-3


  • POL 472-4 (F100) - Diplomacy and Global Governance
  • POL 497-4 (F100) - Experiential Learning in Political Science
  • FREN 3XX/4XX/425-3
  • HIST 430-4 (F100) - French Americas


  • Complete any remaining courses.

Academic requirements

This course sequence does not include all the courses required to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA).

You must also take some additional Political Science and French courses (some during the exchange), as well as elective courses and WQB requirements, in order to satisfy BA degree requirements. Consult your student advisor regularly and refer to the FCP program requirements in the SFU Academic Calendar. In addition to this sequence, you will either take a fifth course in the fall and spring terms and/or take courses in the summer term, and/or add a fifth year of study.

An academic advisor dedicated to your success

Throughout your studies, you should contact your student advisor to obtain information and guidance to help you with your academic choices. She will assist you with the planning of your program of study and with preparations for the exchange program at a francophone university. You may wish to incorporate an additional area of study into your program, or vary the pace of your studies in order to prepare for or integrate one of the following programs:

French language support

Did you know that most students enrolled in the French Cohort Program are not native French speakers? Most have English, or another language, as their first language.

This is why OFFA has put French language support services in place to ensure your academic success. Your student advisor will inform you during your first term about these FCP exclusive services. Also check out the French language support section to discover more resources available.

Questions for the FCP Student Advisor:
Rachelle Hiebert
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