French courses at St. Thomas are designed for Anglophone, Francophone and bilingual students of various levels of proficiency. The Department of Romance Languages offers majors and honours programs in French, and faculty members from the department work closely with majors and honours candidates in planning programs that are appropriate to their interests and abilities.
You'll find courses aimed at helping you perfect your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills as well as a wide range of courses in French, Québécois and Acadian literatures. Due to its association with Francophone worlds, all having immeasurable intellectual and artistic impacts on the development of Western culture and humanism, the Romance Languages Department has a pivotal role to play in a liberal arts curriculum.
Critical and Transferable Skills
Our department seeks to foster global citizens by exposing students to the diversity of Francophone worlds via the study of literature, cultural media, cinema, and art. The strong focus that our programs place on the acquisition of advanced and superior levels of second-language literacy development (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) result in an increased awareness of the crucial role communication skills—oral and written—play in developing and expressing complex ideas and arguments. French courses offer a rigorous program in oral communication, grammar, composition, translation, literature, and cultural studies.
Students may choose to complement their language studies at St. Thomas with programs offered in Québec or France. Most importantly, students are made acutely aware of issues and questions that challenge humanity in different global cultures and regions. Students become less ethnocentric, more tolerant and gain an appreciation of alternate sociocultural practices, attitudes, and beliefs.
Careers and Graduate Pathways
French graduates are well prepared to become highly successful professionals in all levels of education in Canada and abroad, the civil service and government, translation and interpretation, law, national and international business, national and international agencies/organizations, the RCMP, diplomacy, tourism, hospitality industry, journalism, communications, and the publishing industry.
Related Areas of Study
French students are often also interested in the study of cultures and societies unlike their own. Their degree is often complemented by studies in Anthropology, History, English, Philosophy, Communications, Journalism, Political Science, and Sociology.