À Waterloo, les possibilités sont infinies
In a bilingual country and an ever-more globalized world, knowledge of French as a second language gives you an edge in almost any field.
At Waterloo, you can choose language courses that range from basic to advanced, as well as a wide variety of courses in French linguistics, translation, literature, culture, and civilization. You’ll learn from professors that include a Canada research chair and professors whose expertise cover French from a global and diverse perspective.
Meanwhile, if you're interested in gaining paid work experience through North America's largest co-op program, apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business Co-op and choose French as your major at the end of first year.
- Immersive opportunities. Live at La Bastille, a French residence floor at Waterloo's United College. Or immerse yourself in culture and improve your language skills by studying in Quebec, France, or Switzerland for one or two terms.
- A fast track to teaching. Interested in teaching? Our French Teaching Specialization offers direct admission to the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University once you've completed your degree here.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in French
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take two French courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be French courses.
Learn about courses you'll take for your French degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by choosing the French Teaching Specialization or one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for French students include Psychology and Applied Language Studies.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Social media & student engagement coordinator
- Research analyst
- Project coordinator
- Alumni relations and events assistant
- Developer community associate
What can you do with a degree in French?
Waterloo French graduates typically pursue careers where they can exercise their multi-language skills such as in communications roles, sales, translation, and education. They often work in schools, government, financial institutions and more.
- Marketing Communications Manager - TELUS Communications
- Curator - Sombra Museum
- Bilingual Credit Advisor - RBC
- University Program Specialist - Google Canada
- Bilingual Sales Agent - Fibernectics
- Immigration Officer - Human Resources Development Canada
- Translator - Manulife Financial
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
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