The Department of French Studies, located in the heart of campus, boasts an active and diverse research and teaching program since its creation in the late 1860s. The French Department encourages personal contact with professors and an opportunity for total immersion. The Department has over 1000 undergraduate students taught by 8 permanent academic faculty with excellent research expertise. A significant number of international students, including students from Québec, Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States make it a vibrant and dynamic place to study.
The Department offers language instruction from beginner to advanced and a wide range of literature courses. Covering the areas of Francophonie, Quebec and Canadian studies, linguistics, civilisation and culture from the Middle-Ages to the present, it also offers courses in film and media, business French and translation. Our undergraduate program's strength stems from having core components that allow for flexibility of choice. Undergraduates are encouraged to spend their third year of study at a francophone university, for which they receive 3 to 4 Queen's credits. Most of our students are also given the opportunity to participate in summer immersion programs.
Queen's university library possesses an excellent selection of French books and journals and the recent designation of Kingston as a bilingual city highlights the importance of resources and services in French.
Students also benefit from our French Center - Le Centre francophone - where, in an informal atmosphere, they can listen to our speaker series of distinguished academics and writers. At le Centre francophone, students can also enjoy film screenings during the academic year.