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French and Francophone Studies

Major

French is spoken by over 300 million people worldwide. It is an official language in 29 countries and a key working language of the United Nations and the European Union. It is also the language of many major literary, philosophical and political works. French Studies provides access to this rich culture and history.

Whatever your prior knowledge of French, the department provides pathways to a French major. You can enrol in our introductory, intermediate or advanced stream, and there are options for `fast-tracking' to a higher level. You will study French language and the history, societies, literatures and cultures of France and la Francophonie. In addition, you can spend a semester or a year on exchange in France, Switzerland or Canada.

Most classes are in French, with content, class activities and assessment all adapted to your language level in each year of study. Our teaching is strongly focused on participation and interaction, so that you develop autonomy as learners of French and as independent thinkers.

As a graduate you can work in fields as diverse as international relations and trade, journalism, IT, teaching, law, medicine, the arts and a range of international organisations.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications and media officer
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Cultural or development officer
  • International relations and trade
  • Language specialist
  • Teacher (with further study)
  • Policy analyst
  • Public service positions
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Travel and tourism consultant

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.