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French Literature, Language and Culture (MA)

You will study French and Francophone literature, language and culture in our MA program, with an option to do a concentration in Cultural, Social & Political Thought (CSPT).

Faculty specialities include French, Quebec, French-Canadian, African and Caribbean literatures, culture and theory, cinema, theatre, Indigenous literatures, creative writing, research-creation, queer theories, digital humanities and theoretical and applied linguistics.

You will take courses in research methods and professional practices and develop a close-knit cohort. Choose a project-based or a thesis option.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
1-2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students who graduate from our MA program can find employment in a variety of fields, for example:

  • education: K-12 teachers/instructors (with the proper credentials), post-secondary education, continuing studies, etc.
  • translation/interpretation
  • linguistics, copyediting, professional writing
  • creative writing, media writing
  • communications
  • cultural programming
  • publishing
  • entrepreneurship
  • public service (all levels of government)
  • foreign services
  • human resources
  • immigration/intelligence services
  • international project coordination
  • legal professional
  • libraries and archives
  • marketing
  • program management
  • student services

Find a supervisor

It is not necessary to identify a potential supervisor in your application but you are welcome to explore the research interests of our faculty members before applying.

Catherine Caws

Professor French applied linguistics, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), lexicology

Catherine Léger

Associate Professor, Undergraduate and Honours Adviser Syntax, semantics, contact linguistics, French in North America.

Emile Fromet de Rosnay

Assistant Professor 19th to 20th Century French and comparative literature, Romanticism, modernist poetics; post-Enlightenment and posthumanist philosophy; research-creation.

Hélène Cazes

Professor Literatures and cultures (France), Editorial Mediations, Comics, Humanism, Gender and Medicine.

Marc Lapprand

Professor, Transfer Credit Adviser, Acting Chair Literary theory, aesthetics, modernism and avant-garde movements in French literature.

Moustapha Fall

Assistant Teaching Professor Second Language Acquisition and Language Theory, Francophone Literary Theory

Pierre-Luc Landry

Assistant Professor, Graduate Adviser Cultural studies; Québécois and French literature and culture; Indigenous literature and culture; Creative writing; Research-creation; Queer theories; Children’s literature; Contemporary Cultural, Social and Political Thought

Sada Niang

Professor, Arts and Co-op Adviser Linguistics, semantics, African and Caribbean literatures

Sara Harvey

Associate Professor Early modern period, history of literary critic and history of press, theatre, cultural history, digital humanities.

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Contact Genevieve Arsenault at or 250-721-7364.

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