French Major with a Concentration for Prospective Teachers


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 21 units, including

EDUC 100W - Selected Questions and Issues in Education (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) *

and 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)

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 50 units, including

29 units at the 300 level:

all of

FREN 300 - Advanced French: Oral Practice (3)

FREN 301W - Advanced French Composition (3)

and 3 of

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)

and 1 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)

and 1 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)

and 2 of

EDUC 370 - International and Intercultural Education (4)

EDUC 380 - Introduction to Teaching French in Canadian Contexts (4)

EDUC 382 - Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)

and 12 units at the 400 level chosen among the following:

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

and at least 1 of group A

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 425 - Topics in the Varieties of French (3)

and at least 1 of group B

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 476 - Interdisciplinary Approaches in French Literature (3)

And 9 EDUC units from the Student Exchange at the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec) or the Université François Rabelais (France)

* Exemption is gained by successful completion of a more advanced French language course. Lower 200 division language courses may be challenged for credit.

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

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.