French

Why study French?

Explore French language, literature, history and culture, while developing cultural awareness and critical thinking skills.


The Saint Mary’s approach

Knowing an additional language and having enhanced cultural skills gives you an advantage in your career and future education. We offer a comprehensive French major that will strengthen your linguistic skills and give you a contextual understanding of the language.


Hands-on learning

There are excellent opportunities to study abroad in France for academic credit. You can also take part in an academic exchange for credit in areas including Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. As a student, you can enjoy our French film series, or participate in the Explore Program to improve your French.

You can also compete for an award of excellence given by the Alliance Française of Halifax. The winners get to a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Paris offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Read about one of our winners below)

Sample courses offered:

  • French Culture
  • French for Business
  • French Literature
  • Literature in France
  • Advanced French Language
  • French Film
  • Basic and Intermediate French

Career Opportunities:

  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Interpreter
  • Cultural liaison
  • Public relations consultant Politician

What our students are doing


midaprilmix045An essay written by French Major Taryn Hines earned her a free trip to Paris courtesy of the regional French Consulate. Each year, a top French major from local universities is selected to receive an Award of Excellence by the Alliance Française of Halifax. Taryn won the all expenses paid trip based on the strength on her essay. The trip, a two-week cultural celebration called the Rencontres Internationales de Jeunes, provided Hines with the opportunity to expand her language skills and share experiences with other talented students from around the world.