Modern Languages

The Modern Languages Department offers undergraduate programs in French, practical programs in Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin) courses. Our Modern Languages (MODL) programs allow students to fulfill requirements or recommended elective courses, and are of interest to those who wish to pursue personal or professional interests. They help those who want to study a language and a culture in-depth to meet their needs.

French Program Highlights

Our French program is the most comprehensive; we offer practically-oriented language courses at all levels, as well as courses in literature, culture, applied linguistics, and civilization of the Francophone world (with special emphasis on Canada – mainly Acadia and Québec – and France).

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 minor, as a concentration or as an elective at any level consistent with advanced standing and/or permission of the Modern Languages Department.

French 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. Students interested in writing the Placement Test should contact

French Major

The major option seeks to form good readers of Francophone literature, as well as critical thinkers, proficient writers, and strong oral communicators. Many of our students aspire to become school teachers, and we provide them with the background necessary to enter the Bachelor of Education program.

Other students hope to enter other domains such as translation, international relations, and tourism & hospitality. Our program provides the necessary knowledge and fluency to make our graduate desirable candidates on the job market.

New! Pathway to Education for French Major Students

The Faculty of Education will guarantee entry into the BEd program for students who successfully complete the French Major program at MSVU with a GPA of 3.2 or above and fulfil all other requirements for admission to the BEd program. Students may choose this pathway to Education as soon as they declare their Major in French. This pathway to Education will involve monitoring/mentoring the students while they complete their major.

For details, please contact Alexandra Tsedryk, Chair of Modern Languages Department (