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Département de français

Our department will help you to develop your expertise in French-language literature from around the world and gain writing and communication skills that are rare and highly valued in today’s world.


Generally, you study geography to become a geographer, history to become a historian, philosophy to become a philosopher. So what can you do with a degree from the Département de français, which offers both literature and writing courses? The word “literaturist” doesn’t exist and the term “writer” can mean anything! But that undefined space itself has unlimited possibilities, and it’s where our study interests lie.

After a journey where you’re introduced to French-language literature (from every century, genre and background), to the history of the language, to the art of writing, to creative writing and to text editing, you’ll be able to find your own path. Our alumni now teach French or literature; write texts for politicians or magazines; edit government documents; publish novels, essays, plays or poetry; create blogs for the public; work in publishing houses or in the comedy scene; and much more.

Throughout your undergraduate or graduate program, you’ll be supported by caring, skilled professors who have received numerous awards and distinctions, run major grant-based projects and held research chairs. You’ll be able to take part in the life of our very active department, which, in addition to courses, offers symposiums, lectures by visiting professors, meetings with writers and all kinds of literary events.

The Département de français is a lively place in one of the country’s rare bilingual universities, located in an environment that’s made for learning.

We look forward to seeing you.

Contact the Département de français
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Our programs offer a rich and varied education meant to open doors to teaching French and literature (from elementary school to university), public relations, arts journalism, editing and publishing. They also prepare you, as our alumni’s career paths show, for any positions that require advanced skills in summarizing and expressing ideas, in the private sector as well as in the public service, which is so important in Canada’s capital.

Lettres françaises students
Student testimonial

“During my time at uOttawa, I made friends and forged relationships that will last a lifetime. I am particularly grateful to the Faculty of Arts.”

Nikita Kamblé-Bagal

— B.A. (Lettres françaises avec mineure en psychologie) 2020


Movie poster of L'événement
Nov 25

Screening of the movie L'événement

Attend the screening of the movie L'événement inspired by the eponymous book by Annie Ernaux.

Kevin Lambert and Adel B. Khelifa, with his book Tour de la question
Nov 30

Discussion on Tour de la question

The French Department and its writer-in-residence, Kevin Lambert, invite you to a discussion about Tour de la question with Adel B. Khelifa.

Kevin Lambert
Oct 11

Conversation with Kevin Lambert

We are delighted to invite you to the first event of the year with our writer-in-residence, Kevin Lambert.

Portrait of Kevin Lambert


Every year, our department invites a new francophone writer to come share their experience and expertise with students. This year, we extend a warm welcome to University of Montreal graduate, Kevin Lambert ! The quebec writer is known for his novels « Tu aimeras ce que tu as tué » and « Querelle de Roberval » published at Éditions Héliotrope. His brand new novel « Que notre joie demeure » was also just published at the beginning of September. He will lead various activities, including the creative writing class this winter 2023.
Get his new novel !
uOttawa logo ; Les processus de migration et de transformation dans les lettres françaises : les voies de la littérature, de la création et de la langue ; Université d'Ottawa ; Vendredi 3 mars 2023 ; books images

Département de français' Student Conference : Call for papers

The association étudiante des cycles supérieurs du Département de français (AÉCS) is pleased to announce its next conference entitled "Les processus d…
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Online Seminar: Sociocritique du théâtre

This winter 2023, the seminar FRA 5503 - Sociocritique et sociologie de la littérature will be given in virtual mode, synchronously. To allow for the …
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Graduate studies : Séminaires de l'hiver 2023

Nous avons le plaisir d'offrir quatre séminaires cet hiver au cycle supérieur.

In the media

France Martineau

Chronique linguistique : La langue des soldats

Pour plusieurs soldats canadiens-français, la Première guerre mondiale était une première rencontre avec d'autres dialectes de la langue française.
Nikita Kamblé-Bagal, étudiante au doctorat

Un pas de plus pour l’écriture inclusive au Canada grâce aux lignes directrices…

Nikita Kamblé-Bagal, doctorante à l'Université d'Ottawa, est ravie de cette percée en matière d'écriture inclusive. Sa thèse porte d'ailleurs sur l'usage de l'écriture inclusive dans les médias québécois et français de 1990 à aujourd’hui. « J’ai été très impressionnée par les directives publiées par le gouvernement », indique-t-elle.
Kevin Lambert

«Que notre joie demeure»: Kevin Lambert, voix multiples

Avec « Que notre joie demeure », l’écrivain de 29 ans risque, tout en poursuivant sa réflexion sur le capitalisme, de surprendre les lecteurs de ses deux premiers romans.

The University of Ottawa ranks among Canada’s top 10 research universities. Our research is founded on excellence, relevance and impact and is conducted in a spirit of equity, diversity and inclusion. If you are interested in research in literature and the French language, you will benefit from the multiple theoretical and critical approaches represented among our faculty.

Contact us


Harry Kisoka and Elizabeth White

Simard Hall, room 202
60 University
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

[email protected]

Office hours:
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to noon and 1p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June and August: close at 3:30 p.m.)

Academic Office

Undergraduate studies
Simard Hall, room 128
How to reach us
Fax.: 613-562-5973
[email protected] 

Graduate studies 
Desmarais Hall, 8th floor
613 562-5800 ext. 5439
[email protected]  

Administrative Agent

Myriam Bahri
Simard 216
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Directrice du Département de français

Mawy Bouchard
Simard 215
613-562-5800, poste 5923
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Directrice des études de premier cycle

Geneviève Boucher
Simard 313
613-562-5800, poste 1105
[email protected]

Directrice des études supérieures

Claudia Bouliane
Simard 214
613-562-5800, poste 1109
[email protected]