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Welcome to the Department of French Studies


Study an official language of Canada and an influential language spoken by 275 million people around the world. Our unique department provides a broad focus not found in other French programs: you’ll explore language, literature, and linguistics, and gain an understanding of the francophone experience and culture in Ontario, Canada, and across the globe. 

What makes us unique:

  • An interdisciplinary perspective on Francophone Studies; 
  • A comprehensive approach to French, including techniques of communication;
  • Small classes, taught in French, allow you to interact with peers and experienced instructors with a wide range of specializations and backgrounds; 
  • Hands-on learning opportunities to practise your language skills in non-academic settings such as important cultural events, career workshops and seminars;
  • A vibrant Association des Étudiants Francophones et Francophiles de York that allows you to connect with peers who share similar interests and career goals. 

Our degree options include:

  • Undergraduate program (BA): major or minor (French Studies is perfectly suited to combine with other programs)
  • Certificate of French Proficiency (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

French certificates can be added to other York degrees, giving you a competitive edge within the job market, especially in the federal Canadian government.

Please read our Land Acknowledgment, which recognizes the unique and enduring relationship of Indigenous people and their traditional territory.

Welcome to the Department of French Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies! Thanks to its interdisciplinary approach to the study of French language DFS offers courses in French language, linguistics and literature. We are proud of the fact that our courses are taught in French by committed professors with vast academic expertise. At DFS we value experiential education. Whether you choose to study for a few weeks in Quebec, spend one semester at a partner university in France, intern with a local or global francophone organization or get involved in the Francophone student association, your journey with us will be meaningful and rewarding, and will lead to many exciting careers en français! Thank you for choosing to study with us!

— Marilyn Lambert-Drache
Chair & Associate Professor, French Studies

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