Lettres françaises

Our programs in lettres françaises offer a complete, diverse and thorough education involving the following:

Studying literature from France, Quebec, French-speaking Ontario and other communities of the francophonie.
Using a number of critical and theoretical approaches, you will expand your understanding of cultural diversity, sharpen your critical thinking skills and enrich your oral and written expression.

Mastering the French language and, in particular, French composition.
Specialized courses give you the tools to improve your syntax, enrich your vocabulary and polish your style. Other courses give you theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience with writing tools and writing and publishing methods used in many work settings, including educational institutions, businesses, the public service, public relations agencies and the media. As sought after as it is rare, a mastery of French is a real asset when looking for a job.

Developing your flair for creative writing
Workshops led by writers-in-residence and professor writers help you improve your own writing and enhance your creativity.

What's more, the University of Ottawa's Département de français is one of the very few university departments in Canada to offer both a master's and a PhD in creative writing.