2017-2018 Academic Year

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Chair

Leighton Steele, BA (UBC), Maitrise en littérature française, PhD (Manitoba), Associate Professor

French may be taken as a major with honours, as a major or combined major in a degree program of 20.0 units, as a concentration, minor or as an elective at any level consistent with advanced standing and/or permission of the Modern Languages Department.

Admission Requirements

Review sections 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements.

Certificates of Proficiency in French
Major
Major in French With a Year in France
Combined Major
Honours Degree
Concentration
Minor

Certificates of Proficiency in French

The Department of Modern Languages also offers two Certificates of Proficiency for students who are not specializing in French but wish to attain a high level of oral and written competence in the language.  

Major

Students intending to complete the major degree must declare their intention to do so before registering for their sixth unit of coursework. Students who do not make this declaration within this time frame will not be permitted to register for further coursework. 

The Mount also offers a limited enrollment internship option.

Students must successfully complete 20.0 units with the following requirements:
a minimum of 8.0 and a maximum of 10.0 units in FREN above the 1000 level as follows:
 FREN 2214, 2215, 2253, 2254, 3314, 3315
 complete a French literature course at the 3000 level or above
 4.0 units must be at the 3000 level or above
 a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the required 8.0 units of FREN
a minor (normally in English or Spanish) consisting of 3.0 units as specified by the department offering the minor. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units
students may choose a second 3.0 unit minor in any area that offers a minor
1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)  (exclusive of the major):
 Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
 Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
 Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit)
at least 9.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above
Note: No more than 4.0 units from professional areas may be counted toward the degree. Courses 
included in the
Applied Human Nutrition science minor will not be counted as professional electives.


Special Studies
Students may count a maximum of 4.0 units of directed/independent/research studies courses towards the degree, with no more than 2.0 units in any single discipline.

Major Certificate

Students who have graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Arts (General Studies) degree may apply to do a major certificate. Students must fulfill the requirements for the major degree listed above.
 

Major in French With a Year in France

Eligibility
Students must have completed 5.0 to 10.0 units at Mount Saint Vincent University, must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must have completed FREN 2214/2215 and FREN 2253/2254. They must be approved by the department and must have their parents’ permission or be of legal age. 

Application
Apply to the Department of Modern Languages before the end of December of the year preceding departure for France.

Cost
Consult the department co-ordinator.

Documentation
Documentation necessary to secure French student visa authorization is provided only to students who complete the pre-departure orientation sessions.

The Program

  • Prerequisites: FREN 2214, 2215, 2253, 2254: normally, only students in the Bachelor of Arts major program are eligible.
  • Year in France (September to June): normally after completion of 10.0 units of coursework at Mount Saint Vincent University.
  • Letter of Permission forms must be pre-approved prior to study abroad, determining the amount and level of academic credit that will be transferred from the Host University. Any further changes of courses must have departmental approval in order to be credited.

Academic credit (up to 5.0 units) achieved while studying abroad is considered to be external credit for the purpose of meeting  Minimum Institutional Credit Requirement for Mount Saint Vincent University.
 
Students must complete all remaining requirements for attainment of Major in French upon return from study abroad.


Combined MajorThe combined major degree is intended for those students who wish to gain in-depth knowledge of two disciplines. Students must declare a major or combined major before registering for their sixth unit of coursework. Students who do not make this declaration within this time frame will not be permitted to register for further coursework.

The Mount also offers a limited enrollment internship option.

Students must successfully complete 20.0 units.  In order to complete a combined major in French, the following requirements must be met:
a minimum of 6.0 units and a maximum of 8.0 in the French combined major as follows:
 FREN 2214, 2215, 2253, 2254, 3314, 3315
 1.0 unit of French Literature or Civilization selected from FREN 3307, 3310, 3312, 3313, 3317, 3318, 3319, 3321, 3322, 3397, 3398
 2.0 additional units of FREN
a second combined major specified by another program
(Biology, Canadian Studies, Chemistry, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, Family Studies, Gerontology, History, Mathematics, Political Studies, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, Women’s Studies)
a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the required 6.0 units of each combined major
at least 5.0 units of the 12.0 units required for the combined majors must be at the 3000 level or above
 1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
(inclusive of the major):
 Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
 Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
 Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit)
at least 9.0 units of the total 20.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above
Note: No more than 4.0 units from professional areas may be counted toward the degree. Courses 
included in the
Applied Human Nutrition science minor will not be counted as professional electives

    

Students wishing to combine an arts major and a science major (e.g. Chemistry and English or Biology and Political Studies):
 ❏ must meet all of the requirements listed above
and  
 ♦ to complete a BSc (Combined Major) primary science discipline plus secondary arts discipline
  ❏ must complete a minimum 12.0 units of the total 20.0 units in science disciplines
 ♦ to complete a BA (Combined Major) primary arts discipline plus secondary science discipline
  ❏ must complete a minimum 12.0 units of the total 20.0 units in arts disciplines

 

Honours Degree

Students intending to take an honours degree in French must apply to the Department of Modern Languages, normally no later than the end of the second year (or before 10.0 units have been completed).

Students must write an honours essay in French on a topic approved by the Department of Modern Languages, and must submit it by mid-March and present it in an Honours colloquium during the year of graduation.

The Mount also offers a limited enrollment internship option.

Students must successfully complete 20.0 units with the following requirements:
a minimum of 10.0 and a maximum of 12.0 units in FREN above the 1000 level as follows:
 6.0 units of FREN must be at the 3000 level or above
 FREN 4498
 spend at least one semester (four months) in a French-speaking environment
a minor (normally in English or Spanish) consisting of 3.0 units as specified by the department. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units
1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
(exclusive of the honours subject):
 Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
 Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
 Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit)
obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10.0 units of the required FREN honours courses
achieve a minimum of B- in the honours thesis
obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken
Note: No more than 4.0 units from professional areas may be counted toward the degree.  Courses 
included in the
Applied Human Nutrition science minor will not be counted as professional electives.
 Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in 10.0 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.

    

Concentration

To obtain a concentration in French, students must fulfill the following requirements:
FREN 2214, 2215, 2253 and 2254
2.0 additional units of FREN at the 2000 level or above, 1.0 unit of which must be at the 3000 level or above

 

Professional Concentration in French

Public Relations, Tourism and Hospitality Management and Business Administration students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in French. Students must fulfill the following requirements: 
 ❏3.0 units of French language courses (excluding FREN 1101 and 1102) 

    

Minor

To obtain a minor in French, students must fulfill the following requirements:
3.0 units of FREN                     

 

Placement Test

The French placement test is recommended for all new students in French, in particular for those who are not sure which course(s) would be appropriate to their needs. French faculty will be available to give advice. Students transferring from other universities should consult the Modern Languages Department.

The Department of Modern Languages does not accept Challenge for Credit.

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year which runs from September 01, 2017 to August 31, 2018. 

For information on the current 2016-2017 academic year, which concludes August 31, 2017, please consult the Undergraduate Academic Calendar (PDF) and Graduate Academic Calendar (PDF).

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