2018 - 2019

As one of the most useful second languages you can acquire, French at Memorial offers incredibly personalized service and commitment to high quality education. The department is dynamic and resource rich with a comprehensive knowledge of many linguistic and cultural communities in the French academic world. The Digital Media Center, housed by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a technologically savvy environment for language skill development. 



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first two  FREN major courses. Note: Entry points will vary. 

Note: students starting a French major at another entry level course should consult departmental advisor and the University Calendar for details.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

 

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take  FREN 2100, FREN 2101, 2300 and two of FREN 2601, FREN 2602 or FREN 2900.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take FREN 3100, 3101, two of FREN 3500, 3501, 3502, 3503, 3504, 3506, 3507 or 3508.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program requirements/regulations, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

 

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take two 4000 level FREN courses and one FREN course at the 2000 level or above. 

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

 

STUDY TIPS

 

 

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors

CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

 

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event and French society mixer.

Attend French speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department.

Think globally about your academic involvement.

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Note: as part of the French major, students are required to complete a minimum of eight weeks at an approved Francophone institution in a french-speaking area (see 11.12.2.2)

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Consider the Frecker Program in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, the Canadian Third Year in Nice program, the Explore program, and other exchanges through the Department of French. 

  • Meet with departmental advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

Scotttobin

Scott Tobin hails from Kippens, Newfoundland and Labrador, on the west coast of the island. Starting his undergraduate degree in 2009, Scott faced many hurdles and overcame many obstacles. His tenacity, perseverance, and adaptability are key personality traits that have lead to his academic and subsequent career success. Scott completed three study abroad programs, in Québec, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Nice and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in French in May 2013. Alongside his studies Scott participated in several extracurricular activities such as Canadian Parents for French, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Eastern Wind Ensemble, and a variety of volunteer positions for Memorial’s French society. In the spring of 2015, Scott completed his first year of teaching French immersion at Holy Heart of Mary Senior High in St. John’s.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

In retrospect I do not believe that I would have been so lucky to get meaningful employment straight out of the gate. I always imagined a sort of buffer job that would serve as a transition into a professional career. I believe that my undergraduate self would be proud of my job as a French immersion teacher - it means that I faced many obstacles and succeeded. Some of these successes include: achieving high grades, completing two degree in five years, learning a foreign language at near native fluency and acquiring a wealth of life changing memories. It is always hard to predict where you will be in five years, but I believe that I have found a place where I feel at home in my career. My undergraduate degree certainly prepared me well for my new profession.

 

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

My university years consisted of several life changing conversations and life altering experiences. But by far my biggest challenge was finding out who I was and am. In my first semester I almost felt pressured to pursue a science degree when I knew that in my heart of hearts, that was not where my passion was. I decided to take a variety of courses in my first year to find out what made me happy and realized my passion for studying French. Through deliberately broadening my horizons I was able to see the whole picture and not just the straight and narrow. If I had given in to the initial pressure to study science, I would have deprived myself of pursuing the degree that best suited me.

 

What resources did you use while at MUN?

During my first two years (when I primarily lived on campus) I availed of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, the Digital Learning Centre, Academic Advising, Math Help Centre, Career Development and Experiential Learning, the Works, the Aquarena, the Counselling Centre, MUNSU, Answers and several societies and clubs. In my later years I would say I became a resource myself through my work as a language monitor in the Digital Learning Centre, a Frecker Programme resource agent and Student Ambassador. By availing of resources during my first years at Memorial, I in turn, became a valuable resource in and of myself.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

At any time I felt unsure or uncomfortable, academic advisors, professors and department heads offered me endless guidance to set me on the right path.

 

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

I owe a lot of who I am today to my involvement in extracurricular activities during my undergraduate years. By joining the French society at Memorial I was able to meet other people in my program and build confidence in my organizational, event planning, leadership and French-speaking abilities. Being a French horn player in the Eastern Wind Ensemble for the past four years has given me teamwork, precision, musical and performing abilities. My current and past involvement with Canadian Parents for French has honed my profession skillset. As a member of our B.Ed society (2014) I enhanced my time-management, social skills, social media acuity, and ability to bring people together. With my extracurricular experience, I went from drawing up bake sale posters to advocating for FSL inclusion at a national conference. I truly believe all of these aforementioned influences have definitely leant themselves to my success.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

I had three experiences during my undergraduate program that showed me the path to my current career. By studying in France I was able to realize the value that the language played in my life. I love speaking it, learning it and improving it. I knew that whatever career I chose I needed to keep the language and passion alive. My job as a French language monitor was also key to understanding my need to inspire. From answering grammar questions to instructing conversation classes I knew that being able to get consistent attendance and also provoking students to do things that I did, I was inspiring people. Finally, my involvement with Canadian Parents for French helped changed the face of French learning in our province. We tackling zoning issues for buses, created scholarship opportunities and speaking events. I know that these three experiences all relate to teaching and helped me make a good career choice.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

Yes, the Frecker Programme for three months in the fall of 2010. I also spent nine months in France doing the Third Year in Nice programme from September 2011 to May 2012.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Take the road less travelled. Don’t sell yourself short. Find what makes you happy. Take a chance on trying something new. Step outside your comfort zone – you never know what you may find. Give your time to a worthy cause. Don’t lose sleep by staying up all night studying. Take breaks. Travel. Get to know your classmates. Don’t get down on yourself if you get low grades – there’s always another chance. Believe in yourself and don’t lose sight of who you really are. And of course … tomorrow is a new day!

 

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)