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Undergraduate Programs & Program Requirements

The Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultural Studies offers the following undergraduate programs in French and Modern Languages. Students may also obtain a Minor or Language Recognition in French, German or Spanish. A description of program requirements is available by clicking on the name of each program.

Programs

  • French Programs
    • French 3 yr. B.A.
    • French 4 yr. B.A.
    • French Honours B.A.
    • French Double Honours B.A.
    • French Minor
    • French Language Recognition
    • French M.A.
  • Modern Language Programs
    • Modern Languages 3 yr. B.A.
    • Modern Languages 4 yr. B.A.
  • German Minor & Language Recognition
    • German Minor
    • German Language Recognition
  • Spanish Minor & Language Recognition
    • Spanish Minor
    • Spanish Language Recognition

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

French 3 yr. B.A. – Program Requirements

  • A total of 90 credit units required with a minimum of 24 senior credit units (Level 200 or above) in French. For a list of appropriate courses in each of the following degree distribution requirements consult the following link:
  • Please note that no more than 6 credit units from one subject may be used to meet Requirements A1 to A4. Students planning to teach French should consider finishing at least a 3 yr. B.A. in French but are strongly urged to complete a 4 yr. B.A. before going into Education.

 

  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (24 credit units)
    Note: 24 credit units in French at the 200 level or above as follows:
    • FREN 220.3 & FREN 230.3
    • a minimum of 6 cu in French Literature at the 300 or 400 level
    • an additional 12 credit units at the 200 level or above
  • A7 Electives Requirement (27 credit units)
    Courses to complete the requirements for 90 credit unit 3 yr. program. Of the 90 credit units required at least 42 must be at the 200 level or higher level and no more than 42 in one subject.

French 4 yr. B.A. - Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit units required with a minimum of 30 senior credit units (level 200 or above) in French. For a list of appropriate courses in each of the following degree distribution requirements consult the following link:
  • Please note that no more than 6 credit units from one subject may be used to meet Requirements A1 to A4. Students planning to teach French should consider finishing at least a 3 yr. B.A. in French but are strongly urged to complete a 4 yr. B.A. before going into Education.

 

  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (30 credit units)
    Note: 30 credit units in French at the 200 level or above as follows:
    • FREN 220.3 & FREN 230.3
    • a minimum of 6 cu in French Literature at the 300 or 400 level
    • an additional 18 credit units at the 200 level or above
  • A7 Electives Requirement (51 credit units)
    Courses to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit 4 yr. program. Of the 120 credit units required at least 66 must be at the 200 level or higher level and no more than 60 in one subject.

Honours B.A. in French – Program Requirements

Students interested in entering an Honours program should consult advisors in the department concerned before registering for their second year. Of the 120 credit units required for the B.A. Honours degree, at least 66 credit units must be at the senior level (level 200 or above).  Application for admission to Honours is not considered until successful completion of at least 60 credit units with a Cumulative Weighted Average of at least 70% overall and at least 70% in the subject of Honours.  For further details, please see the Academic Information and Policies section. An Honours B.A. in French is strongly recommended for students who are considering graduate studies upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • A total of 120 credit units required with a minimum of 30 senior credit units (level 200 or above) in French. For a list of appropriate courses in each of the following degree distribution requirements consult the following link:
  • Please note that no more than 6 credit units from one subject may be used to meet Requirements A1 to A4.

 

  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (48 credit units)
    Note: 30 credit units in French at the 200 level or higher as follows:
    • FREN 220.3 & FREN 230.3
    • FREN 400.0 – a stay in a French-speaking milieu
    • a minimum of 6 cu in French Literature at the 300 or 400 level
    • an additional 18 credit units at the 200 level or higher
  • A7 Electives Requirement (33 credit units)
    Courses to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit 4 yr. program. Of the 120 credit units required at least 66 must be at the 200 level or higher level and no more than 60 in one subject.

French Double Honours B.A. (taken in combination with another discipline) – Program Requirements

  • Double Honours Programs may be taken in combinations of two subjects. In this program at least 36 credit units out of the 120 credit units required for the degree will normally be taken in each subject. For further details, please see the Academic Information and Policies section.
  • Students who are admitted to a Double Honours program (French and another subject) must be advised in both departments.
  • For a list of appropriate courses in each of the following degree distribution requirements consult the following link:
  • Since there exist several options of combination of courses for this program in addition to the one detailed below, students should consult the above link for the various alternatives.
  • Please note that no more than 6 credit units from one subject may be used to meet Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (30-33 senior credit units)
    Note: 30-33 credit units in French at the 200 level or higher as follows:
    • FREN 220.3 & FREN 230.3
    • a minimum of 6 cu in French Literature at the 300 or 400 level
    • an additional 15-18 credit units at the 200 level or higher
  • A7 Electives Requirement (48-51 credit units)
    • Specialization 2: 36-42 credit units
    • Open Electives: 6-15 credit units
    • Courses to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit 4 yr. program. Of the 120 credit units required at least 66 must be at the 200 level or higher and no more than 60 in one subject.

 

French Minor Requirements

  • 24 credit units of courses (taught in French) numbered 122 or above
  • An average of at least 62.5% is required in courses used for the Minor

French Language Recognition Requirements

  • Students with advanced standing who begin with FREN 128 may receive Recognition after completion of 12 credit units of courses given in French. An average of at least 62.5% is required in courses used for Recognition.
  •     18 credit units of courses taught in French (may include FREN 103.3 and FREN 106.3)

French M.A.

  • Please consult the link to “Graduates” on the home page for information on the French M.A.

Modern Languages Programs (3 yr. B.A. & 4 yr. B.A.)

The Modern Languages Programs at the U of S are will be of interest to students of German or Spanish who wish to focus a 3 yr. or 4 yr. B.A. on German or Spanish studies. These interdisciplinary programs offer students the opportunity to study German or Spanish in combination with othe areas of study such as Comparative Literature, for example. Students can identify German, Spanish or French as their primary language for these programs. French can also be chosen as the primary language although undergraduate French programs are available and recommended for students wishing to teach French. They are required for students wishing to continue their studies at the graduate level.

Modern Languages 3 yr. B.A.
In the 3 yr. Modern Languages program students may combine the study of a primary second language option with the study of another language (or more) in conjunction with courses in other fields such as Comparative Literature. This allows students to gain a broader understanding of different cultures and the literature and culture of their chosen area.

Primary Language Options for the Modern Languages programs:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish   

N.B. Students wishing to teach French should take an undergraduate French program rather than a Modern Languages program. The 4 yr. B.A. is recommended for future French teachers.
N.B. Students choosing German as the primary language of study must take GERMAN 314.3 & GERMAN 317.3 & those choosing Spanish as the primary language of study must take SPANISH 314.3 & SPANISH 317.3 as part of their major.

Frequency of Course Offerings

Please note that not all courses listed in the Course & Program Catalogue are offered every year. Students interested in majoring in Modern Languages programs are strongly advised to consult the Department as soon as they begin considering these programs as majors, in order to map out their full program of studies and avoid problems.
Major Average
The major average in Modern Language programs includes the grades earned in:

  • 6 credit units LIT chosen from restricted list in Requirement A1
  • 6 credit units chosen in the primary language in Requirement A2
  • 6 credit units LING chosen from restricted lists in Requirement A4
  • All courses listed in the Major Requirement A6.

Modern Language 3 yr. B.A. Program Requirements

 

  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
    • LIT 100.6
    • 6 additional credit units in the Humanities
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
    • 6 credit units taught in the primary language
    • 3 credits in another language (see link above for a list of options)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
    • LING 111.3
    • 3 additional credit units in Linguistics
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (30 credit units)
    • 18 senior credit units (200 level or higher) of language, culture, or literature courses taught in the chosen primary language.
    • 12 credit units from any of the following areas
      • Additional senior literature and/or culture courses taught in the primary language or in English translation
      • Courses taught in a secondary language (levels 100-200 with a maximum of 6 cu at the 100 level)
      • Senior Linguistics courses (level 200 or higher)
      • Senior Comparative Literature courses (level 200 or higher)
  • A7 Electives Requirements (21 credit units)
    • Specialization 2: 36-42 credit units
    • Open Electives: 6-15 credit units
    • Courses to complete the requirements for 90 credit unit 3 yr. program. Of the 90 credit units required at least 42 must be at the 200 level or higher and no more than 42 credits in one subject.

Modern Languages 4 yr. B.A. Program
The Modern Languages 4 yr. B.A. programs allows students to combine the study two (or more) languages in conjunction with courses in other fields such as Comparative Literature. This allows students to gain a broader understanding of different cultures and the literature and culture of their chosen area.

Primary Language Options for the Modern Languages programs:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

N.B. Students wishing to teach French should take and undergraduate French program rather than a Modern Languages program. The 4 yr. B.A. is recommended for future French teachers.
N.B. Students choosing German as the primary language of study must take GERMAN 314.3 & GERMAN 317.3 & those choosing Spanish as the primary language of study must take SPANISH 314.3 & SPANISH 317.3 as part of their major.

Frequency of Course Offerings

Please note that not all courses listed in the Course & Program Catalogue are offered every year. Students interested in majoring in Modern Languages programs are strongly advised to consult the Department as soon as they begin considering these programs as majors, in order to map out their full program of studies and avoid problems.
Major Average
The major average in Modern Language programs includes the grades earned in:

  • 6 credit units LIT chosen from restricted list in Requirement A1
  • 6 credit units chosen in the primary language in Requirement A2
  • 6 credit units LING chosen from restricted lists in Requirement A4
  • All courses listed in the Major Requirement A6.

Modern Language 4 yr. B.A. Program Requirements

  • A1 Basic Humanities Requirements (minimum 12 credit units)
    • 6 credits of Comparative Literature courses (LIT 100 level or higher)
    • 6 additional credit units in the Humanities
  • A2 Language Requirement (9 credit units)
    • 6 credit units taught in the primary language
    • 3 credits in another language (see link above for a list of options)
  • A3 Natural Science (6 credit units)
  • A4 Social Science (6 credit units)
    • LING 111.3
    • 3 additional credit units in Linguistics
  • A5 Elective (6 credit units)
    6 credit units selected from the areas of Social Sciences, Natural Science or Fine Arts, such that no more than 6 credit units from one subject are used in Requirements A1 to A4.
  • A6 Major Requirements (48 credit units)
    • 24 senior credit units (200 level or higher) of language, culture, or literature courses taught in the chosen primary language.
    • 3 credit units in Linguistics (Levels 100 – 400)
    • 3 credit units 200 level Comparative Literature (LIT)
    • 6 credit units in a secondary language
    • 12 credit units from any of the following areas
      • Additional senior literature and/or culture courses taught in the primary language or in English translation
      • Senior courses taught in a secondary language (level 200 or higher)
      • Senior Linguistics courses (level 200 or higher)
      • Senior Comparative Literature courses (level 200 or higher)
      • Courses in literary criticism/theory can be taken from other departments as part of this option but must be approved by the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultural Studies prior to registration
  • A7 Electives Requirements (33 credit units)
    • Courses to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit 4 yr. program. Of the 120 credit units required at least 66 must be at the 200 level or higher and no more than 60 credits in one subject.

 

German Minor Requirements

  • 24 credit units of courses taught in German from the following:
    • GERM 114.3, GERM 117.3, GERM 214.3, 217.3, GERM 314.3, GERM 317.3
    • 6 additional credit units of courses taught in German

German Language Recognition Requirements

  • 18 credit units of courses taught in German
  • Students with advanced standing who do not take the elementary language courses (GERM 114.3, GERM 117.3) may receive Recognition after completion of 12 credit units of courses taught in the target language.
  • An average of at least 62.5% is required in the courses used for Recognition.
  • Choose 18 credit units of courses taught in German
  • Students registered in any of the following language courses should plan to attend weekly oral tutorials as scheduled in the online Course Offerings. A multi-media laboratory is also available on a library basis.
  • GERM 114.3
  • GERM 117.3
  • GERM 214.3
  • GERM 217.3
  • GERM 314.3
  • GERM 317.3
  • Students with a background in German, such as High School German, will have to complete a placement test before taking certain German Language courses for credit. Details are noted with the German course descriptions in the Course Descriptions section of the Course & Program Catalogue.

Spanish Minor Requirements

  • 24 credit units of courses taught in Spanish from the following:
    • SPAN 114.3, SPAN 117.3, SPAN 214.3, SPAN 217.3, SPAN 314.3, SPAN 317.3
  • Students with advanced standing who start their university studies with SPAN 214.3, SPAN 217.3 must take an additional 6 credit units of courses from the remaining list to complete a Minor.
  • 6 additional credit units of courses taught in Spanish
  • An average of at least 62.5% is required in the courses used for the Minor.

Spanish Language Recognition

  • 18 credit units of courses taught in Spanish which may include SPAN 114.3 and or SPAN 117.3
  • Students with advanced standing who do not take the elementary language courses (SPAN 114.3, SPAN 117.3) may receive Recognition after completion of 12 credit units of courses taught in the target language.
  • An average of at least 62.5% is required in the courses taken for Language Recognition.