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Being bilingual is important and worthwhile

Did you know that…

You can live and work in French in Ontario and in Hamilton.

The Department of French at McMaster University has its finger on the pulse of the Francophone world in all of its diversity.

Whether you are interested in literature or culture, in linguistics or media studies, in translation, civilization, environment, globalization in literature; in cinema, music, poetry or philosophy;  in Rimbaud and Victor Hugo or in suburban slang, Montreal joual or Haitian Creole; in Diderot’s eroticism, in Molière’s comedies, Madame de Sévigné’s letters or in the novels of Assia Djebar and Emile Olivier; in the Quebec paradigm of identity or in the Black experience; in Existentialism or Surrealism; in Voltaire’s philosophy or Anne Hébert’s prose; in the cultural, philosophical, critical, artistic or sexual diversity of Francophone literature the world over …we have courses and dynamic professors who will open up these worlds to you.
Perhaps you want to learn how to use your thoughts and your words in the most exact and eloquent manner; develop your comprehension, writing, analytical skills and expression; or enjoy using your creativity in our second official language…

Perhaps you want to learn how to do research in the collections and archives of our library, write a thesis, publish articles or reports, or learn from the research activities of our professors: we have many renowned researchers who can teach you how to do just this, even in the field of electronic publications. Our new Francophone librarian, Karen Nicholson, is in charge of our ever-expanding collection of books and documents.
Your success depends largely on your ability to communicate your ideas, and on your ability to read, interpret, imagine, write, and transform the reality that surrounds us, in order to enrich the diversity of our global universe.

  • Perhaps you want to become a French teacher, a lawyer or a diplomat, a government employee, a successful businessperson, a human relations or healthcare professional, a translator, an actor, a travel agent or a publicist…
  • Perhaps you simply want to develop your professional mobility in a bilingual Canada, or overseas…
  • Perhaps you want to work or travel in Canada, Europe, Africa or in the Middle East, in a Francophone or Francophile country…
  • Perhaps you want to broaden your horizons or enrich your knowledge and your interaction with the world…
  • Perhaps you need or want to speak French in order to get a good job, or move ahead in your career, or live abroad…
  • Whether you took French in high school, up until Grade Nine or right through Grade Twelve; whether you attended an immersion school or come from a Francophone background; or whether you have never taken French in your life, it doesn’t matter! Don’t worry about the past, because whatever your background may be, we have first-year courses and professors to meet your needs.
  • Perhaps you are looking for a Department where the professors take the time to get to know you, to help you, to encourage you and guide you…
  • Perhaps you want to spend your 3rd year in France, or just a summer in France or in a Francophone country and receive university credits for this…
  • Perhaps you would like to be able to teach conversational English (and be paid to do so) at l’université de Paris or in a French high school…
  • Perhaps you would like to practice your French with French-language monitors who come from France to work in our Department each year, teaching conversation classes full of fun and pertinent information…
  • Perhaps you are looking for online resources (dictionaries, grammar exercises, etc.) to improve your French, or French-language films for your class or for yourself…
  • Perhaps you would like to participate in French-language cultural activities with our Club de français
  • Perhaps you are thinking about doing a French program as a major, a double major, a minor, a second diploma or as an elective: we have a wealth of courses and opportunities…
  • Perhaps you would like to do a Masters degree and receive a scholarship and a teaching assistantship, to go on to pursue a doctorate and to open lots of professional doors…
  • Perhaps you want to become a successful citizen of Canada as well as a citizen of the Francophone world and of the world as a whole, ready for the challenges of today and of tomorrow…

Welcome to the Department of French at McMaster! We can meet all of these hopes and expectations!

The answers to all of your questions are on our website, just a few clicks away.

Translation: Dr. Paula Roberts-Banks