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  • French (BA)/Concurrent Education (BEd)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Science
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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Get a leg up on the competition for careers in the federal or provincial civil service, among other jobs, by mastering this official language. Our faculty come from around the world, infusing the program with an international flavour. We keep class sizes small, guaranteeing you lots of one-on-one attention.

Sample Courses: French Language Training, Introduction to Linguistics, French Romanticism, History of the French Language, Oral Proficiency in French, Aspects of Translation

Career Tracks: Translator/interpreter, teacher, federal or provincial public official, language advisor, journalist

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: Any French/FSF4U
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 80%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Terminez deux baccalauréats en même temps. You’ll learn from French professors from around the world in a program with small class sizes. The theory-practice connection is strong in the education portion of your program. You’ll gain the practical experience you need to be eligible to teach in grades 7 to 12.

Sample Courses: Teaching and Learning, Educational Psychology, Assessment and Evaluation, French Language Training, Introduction to Linguistics, Oral Proficiency in French

Career Tracks: Secondary teacher, principal, special education teacher, academic administrator, department head, translator/interpreter, federal or provincial public official, language learning specialist

Professional Designation Possible: OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: French/FSF4U with a minimum 75% also required.
Minimum Average: 75%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 89%
Note: Admission to first year only.

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

If high achievement and diverse academic pursuits are in your DNA, this elite program is for you. It’s for students who want to develop knowledge and skills in the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences. Blend your interests – drama with biomedical sciences or biochemistry with music. You can tailor your program to match your interests and career aspirations. Our students can pursue diverse career opportunities or go on to do research or graduate degrees in their field. This program is small by design to give your talents the attention they deserve.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts and Science; Modes and Methods of Inquiry; Inquiry and Communication; Science, Ethics and Social Policy

Specialization Options: Students choose a major or double major and a minor (in FAHSS or Science). Available major and minor concentrations: Anthrozoology; Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Communication, Media and Film; Computer Science; Dramatic Art; Economics; English Language, Literature and Creative Writing; History; Languages, Literatures and Civilizations; Mathematics and Statistics; Music and Visual Arts; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Women’s and Gender Studies

Career Tracks: Professional school (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy), law, graduate studies, medical director

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U and two of Biology/SBI4U, Physics/SPH4U, or Chemistry/SCH4U
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Minimum Average: 80%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 85%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding human behaviour, communication, and interaction as shaped by social and cultural contexts
  • Speaking and writing effectively and persuasively in French
  • Reading, comprehending and analyzing primary texts in French; conducting original research
  • Appreciating the cultural and linguistic diversity of the French-speaking world
  • Understanding the science of language, and appreciating the ways in which language influences expression and communication
  • Determining and describing how people, places, and events have influenced modern cultures and human practices
  • Understanding significant differences and commonalities between groups, societies, religions, and cultures
  • Using this knowledge to identify commonalities and to bridge differences in the workplace and elsewhere


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Humanities, 2015)

Ashley Campagna

"In addition to strengthening my proficiency in French and preparing me for a teaching career in French as a first language, my undergraduate studies at the University of Windsor developed my critical and analytical skills, helped me gain an appreciation for international francophone culture and literature, and fostered an openness to the world. Classes led in an intimate setting by personable and knowledgeable faculty made my experience unforgettable, nurturing in me a desire to remain a lifelong learner."

Ashley Campagna (née Boutros)
BAH in French Studies with Minor in Psychology [2010]

Career Tracks*

  • Administrative assistant
  • Archivist
  • Border services officer
  • Business advisor
  • Communications specialist
  • Curator
  • Editor
  • Historical consultant
  • Human resources manager
  • Immigration services
  • Industry instructor
  • Journalist
  • Language advisor
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Marketing manager
  • Media analyst
  • Museum director
  • Professor
  • Public official
  • Public policy advisor
  • Public relations officer
  • Reporter
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Speech pathologist
  • Teacher
  • Television/Radio analyst
  • Translator

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Arts and culture
  • Business: Research and analysis, human resources
  • Education: Teaching, language teaching
  • Government: Multilingual positions
  • Immigration and community integration
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Media, marketing, journalism, and publishing
  • Research agencies: Public and private

Apply to UWindsor

With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.

How to Apply

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



Courses of study specific to each program



Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)