Our programs in lettres françaises offer a complete, diverse and thorough education involving the following: 

• Studying literature from France, Quebec, French-speaking Ontario and other communities of the francophonie
Using a number of critical and theoretical approaches, you will expand your understanding of cultural diversity, sharpen your critical thinking skills and enrich your oral and written expression. 

• Mastering the French language and, in particular, French composition
Specialized courses give you the tools to improve your syntax, enrich your vocabulary and polish your style. Other courses give you theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience with writing tools and writing and publishing methods used in many work settings, including educational institutions, businesses, the public service, public relations agencies and the media. As sought after as it is rare, a mastery of French is a real asset when looking for a job. 

• Developing your flair for creative writing 
Workshops led by writers-in-residence and professor writers help you improve your own writing and enhance your creativity. 

What's more, the University of Ottawa's Département de français is one of the very few university departments in Canada to offer both a master's and a PhD in creative writing.

This program is offered in French only.

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

Co-operative education is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

FRA 1746Littérature française: des origines au XVIIIe siècle 13 Units
FRA 1748Littératures française et québécoise : du XIXe siècle à nos jours 13 Units
FRA 2789Grammaire d'aujourd'hui3 Units
9 course units from:9 Units
Le théâtre
Initiation aux approches critiques
La poésie
Le récit
Histoire de la langue française
6 course units from:6 Units
Le Moyen Âge 2
La Renaissance 2
Le classicisme 2
Le siècle des Lumières 2
Le romantisme 2
Le symbolisme 2
Le réalisme 2
6 course units from:6 Units
Littérature et culture de l'Ontario français
Littératures francophones d'Afrique et des Antilles
Le roman français contemporain
Le roman québécois depuis 1970
6 optional course units in lettres françaises (FRA)6 Units
6 optional course units in lettres françaises (FRA) at the 4000 level 6 Units
Total: 42 Units

Note(s)

1

The department recommends that students who demonstrate serious grammar problems in FRA 1746 and FRA 1748 (less than 50% in the language component of these courses) take FRA 2520.

2

A maximum of 3 course units may be selected amongst these courses.

List of Optional Courses

The following is a partial list of courses offered by the Département de français.

Creation:
FRA 2560Création littéraire I3 Units
FRA 3570Création littéraire II3 Units
FRA 4554Création littéraire III3 Units
FRA 4560Enjeux de la création littéraire3 Units
FRA 4795Création littéraire dirigée3 Units
Editing:
FRA 2705Réécriture et révision3 Units
FRA 3700Édition et société3 Units
FRA 3704Éditique I : le texte et l'image3 Units
FRA 3703Rédaction hypertextuelle3 Units
Language:
FRA 3749La rhétorique3 Units
FRA 3799Ancien français3 Units
FRA 4589La langue dans le texte littéraire3 Units
Writing:
FRA 2549Contraction et synthèse de textes3 Units
FRA 3548Écriture et information3 Units
FRA 3550Communication écrite3 Units
FRA 3578Critique et chronique culturelles3 Units
FRA 3748Écriture et persuasion3 Units