Study in French


With 800 course sections offered in the French language each year, Laurentian University provides its students with specialisations, concentrations, majors and minors leading to 150 university degrees from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level in 43 disciplines. Six faculties are directly involved in offering French-language programs at Laurentian.


    • Droit et justice (Law & Justice)
      • Programs offered in French in Law and Justice at Laurentian University allow students to develop a solid understanding of the nature and role of legislators, governments and courts of law.
    • Études françaises (French Studies)
      • The French Studies program provides an excellent education in French language, literature and linguistics.
    • French as a Second Language
      • This program is addressed to students whose first language is not French.
    • Études journalistiques* (Journalism Studies)
      • The French Journalism Studies program prepares students to perform a journalist’s practical and daily tasks.
    • Folklore et ethnologie* (Folklore & Ethnology)
      • The Folklore and Ethnology program develops an understanding of the Francophone culture, as well as the customs, traditions, legends and beliefs that have influenced it. 
    • Géographie (Geography)
      • A Bachelor of Arts in Geography is awarded to students who demonstrate comprehensive skills in the three geography paradigms (physic, human and technical) and the ability to perform an advanced geographic study in 3rd year, and especially, in 4th year.
    • Histoire (History)
      • In this program, students not only learn what historians have discovered, but also the historical method, which allows them to reflect critically on the past and the way it has influenced the current state of the world.
    • Philosophie* (Philosophy)
      • Philosophy is the rational and systematic study of the fundamental nature of the world, values and the rationale of beliefs. This program offers a general education in philosophy while allowing students to explore other areas of interest.
    • Psychologie (Psychology)
      • Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes that include both normal and abnormal human (and animal) behaviour as well as the psychological, social and biological processes connected to these behaviours. 
    • Santé publique (Public Health)
      • Over the past years, public health is among the main disciplines taught in Canadian universities. It focusses especially on the health status of communities and, more specifically, on population health in regards to social, curative, preventive and educational aspects.
    • Sciences économiques (Economics)
      • Economists use a scientific approach to examine the issue of decision-making. They systematically study problems by constructing theories and studying data. More than ever, Canada has a need for economists to help pull the Canadian economy out of the global economic crisis.
    • Sciences politiques (Political Science)
      • Political science studies power in society from a national and international perspective. The goal is to explain how resources and values are allocated – who gets what, when and how. 
    • Sciences religieuses* (Religious Studies)
      • Religious studies focus on the many ways in which people all over the world express their spiritual inclinations, both through formal religion as well as their daily activities. 
    • Sociologie (Sociology)
      • The study of sociology deals with society, people and relationships that exist between the two, such as through people’s experiences, life in society, social structures and change.
    • Théâtre (Theatre)
      • Four options are provided in the French-language Theatre program: specialization, concentration, major and minor.
  • **Program offered by the University of Sudbury

    • Éducation (Education)
      • Laurentian offers a teacher preparation program in French. To register, students must hold a bachelor’s degree with 30 credits in one teachable subject as well as 18 credits in another teachable subject. They must also present an experience profile.
      • The Faculty of Education also plays a key role in the continuing education of school teachers and principals by offering additional qualification and professional development programs. 
    • Éducation physique et santé (Physical Education and Health)
      • In this program, which leads to an honours degree in Physical Education and Health, students develop abilities and skills to respond in the fields of physical education, sport, health and wellness. 
    • Formation des sages-femmes (Midwifery)
      • This program trains certified healthcare professionals who are able to provide primary care to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth – normal vaginal birth in particular – as well as care to mothers and babies for six weeks postpartum. The program is supported by the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) – Laurentian University.
    • Kinésiologie (Kinesiology)
      • The honours bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology is well-suited for students who are interested in studying the scientific principles of human movement. 
    • Leadership : activités physiques en plein air (Outdoor Adventure Leadership)
      • The objective of the Outdoor Adventure Leadership program is to prepare students to become skilled leaders of outdoor physical activities, or in any other field, by providing them with a solid theoretic foundation, improving their technical skills and affording them many meaningful outdoor experiences. This four-year program leads to a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health.  
    • Orthophonie (Speech-Language Pathology)
      • The Speech-Language Pathology program provides an interdisciplinary university education on human communication disorders and sciences, creating connections among the human, social, natural, physical and cognitive sciences. This program is supported by the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) – Laurentian University.
    • Promotion de la santé (Health Promotion)
      • Health Promotion is one of the six programs offered by the School of Human Kinetics and the English-language stream can be taken within the concurrent Bachelor of Education. The main objective of the program is to ensure that students adopt a multidisciplinary approach to community health and health education. 
    • Psychologie du sport (Sport Psychology)
      • Offered in partnership with the Department of Psychology, this program is designed to initiate students to the theory and applied practice of sport psychology. It also promotes a multidisciplinary perspective of the psychological factors that influence athlete performance as well as the psychological and physical impacts of sports and exercise. 
    • Sciences infirmières (Nursing)
      • The Nursing program promotes “caring”, health promotion and disease prevention among individuals, families and communities.
    • Service social (Social Work)
      • Social Work focuses on issues relating to structural and individual change, and strives to eliminate social inequality based on race, ethnicity, language, religion, family status, gender, sexual preference, age, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, heritage or other motives.
    • Commerce
      • The French-language Commerce program allows students to prepare a specialization in a specific management field of interest, such as accounting, human resources, marketing, finance, international management and entrepreneurship. 

        As of September 2016, the Commerce program (H.B.Comm.) is divided into seven distinct bachelor’s degrees with specialization as follows:
        • Bachelor of Business Administration (general)
        • Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing
        • Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance
        • Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting
        • Bachelor of Business Administration – Entrepreneurship
        • Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources
        • Bachelor of Business Administration – International Management
      • During the 2015-16 academic year, the current Commerce programs will be transitioned to the new Bachelors of Business Administration.
      • Career prospects (sample):
        • Accounting: programs leading to professional certification as a CPA (Certified Professional Accountant), auditor, tax expert, insolvency advisor.
        • Human Resources: union leader, industrial consultant, salary administrator, personnel manager, human resources manager; graduates may seek CHRPA certification as human resource professionals.
        • Marketing: sales representative, buyer, account executive, market analyst, marketing director, public relations officer, sales manager.
        • Finance: finance director, financial analyst, banker, insurance agent, underwriter, portfolio manager, financial planner, broker, wealth manager.
        • International manager: exporter, logistics and import-export manager, world trade broker, foundation manager.
        • Entrepreneurship: be your own boss (like more than 20% of program graduates), small/medium business manager, non-profit organization manager.
    • Biochimie (Biochemistry)
      • Biochemistry is at the heart of the life sciences, exploring life processes from a molecular point of view by studying the structure, properties and biological activity of various classes of biomolecules. 
    • Biologie médicale (Medical Biology)
      • This specialization provides a strong background in areas relevant to medicine within the field of biology.
    • Biologie environnementale (Environmental Biology)
      • This specialization allows students to discover the living world at the organism, biotic community and ecosystem levels and includes courses on plant, animal and soil ecology, freshwater ecology and bioclimatology. Students also learn about environmental change and rehabilitation as well as sustainable forestry.
    • Étude de l’environnement (Environmental Studies)
      • This interdisciplinary program examines the relationships between human beings, other living organisms and the abiotic environment. This approach takes into account society’s current needs and citizen’s concerns and is also on the cutting edge of the contemporary representation of knowledge.
    • Génie (Engineering)
      • As of September 2016, Laurentian will offer a bilingual version of three Engineering programs currently offered in English:
        • Bachelor of Engineering – Chemical Engineering
        • Bachelor of Engineering – Mining Engineering
        • Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering
      • Offering these programs in a bilingual format was made possible thanks to collaboration among the Bharti School of Engineering, the Goodman School of Mines and the Office of the AVP, Academic and Francophone Affairs at Laurentian. 
    • Mathématiques (Mathematics)
      • The Mathematics program allows students to acquire a solid foundation and develop their analytical skills while exploring various aspects of the subject matter along with Computer Science. Students can tailor their program according to their aptitudes and professional goals by concentrating on just one or several areas of the discipline.
    • Physique biomédicale (Biomedical Physics)
      • The program in Biomedical Physics combines the study of human biology with the physics aspects applied to health sciences and technology. This bachelor’s degree prepares student for the work force or graduate studies or to pursue professional certification in health professions. 
    • Sciences libérales (Liberal Sciences)
      • The word ‘liberal’ in the program name refers to the concept of a liberal education, which develops a broad-based intellectual, moral and esthetic maturity. It is based more on breadth than on the depth of coverage found in a traditional Bachelor of Science degree. This is the most flexible science degree program at Laurentian and students tailor it to suit their particular career goals.
  2. The list of French-language undergraduate programs at Laurentian University is available at:
    • The Faculty of Graduate Studies welcomes more than 800 students to the front lines of Laurentian University’s extensive research initiatives. Over the past years, the Faculty has nearly doubled the number of graduate programs offered. A total of eight master’s degrees and one doctorate are offered entirely in French and several English-language graduate programs give students the opportunity to take certain courses in French.    
  4. The list of French-language graduate programs at Laurentian University is available at:


The CPF (Council on French-Language Programs) makes recommendations to Senate regarding all educational issues associated with teaching in French. The CPF’s goal is to ensure that Laurentian has comprehensive programs to meet the needs of its student clientele and its community.  

According to the by-laws, the CPF shall:

  • receive comments and review recommendations submitted for approval by faculty councils regarding current French-language courses and programs;
  • accept motions for new programs/specializations/concentrations submitted by faculty councils and make appropriate recommendations to the Academic Planning Committee;
  • coordinate – as described in its mandate – changes brought to courses and programs and put forward in consultation with faculty councils, with consideration for the University’s Academic Plan;
  • collaborate with the relevant university constituents to strengthen and improve all aspects of the University’s Francophone community;
  • present recommendations to pertinent university officials to uphold favourable relationships with the external Francophone community and contribute to its development.

The CPF meets several times during the academic year.


New academic programs and courses are developed regularly and others are revised in an effort to ensure excellence and innovation in French-language programs at Laurentian University.


  1. New programs of study (as of September 2016)
    • Baccalauréat en administration des affaires (B.A.A.)
    • Baccalauréat en administration des affaires ès marketing (B.A.A. marketing)
    • Baccalauréat en administration des affaires ès gestion internationale (B.A.A. gestion internationale)
    • Baccalauréat en administration des affaires ès finance (B.A.A. finance)
    • Baccalauréat en administration des affaires ès entrepreneurship (B.A.A. entrepreneurship)
    • Baccalauréat en administration des affaires ès comptabilité (B.A.A. comptabilité)
    • Baccalauréat en administration des affaires ès ressources humaines (B.A.A. ressources humaines)
    • Baccalauréat en génie chimique/Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (bilingual format)
    • Baccalauréat en génie minier/Bachelor of Mining Engineering (bilingual format)
    • Baccalauréat en génie mécanique/Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (bilingual format)


    1. Économie de l’environnement et des ressources naturelles - ECON 3057 FL
      • From a global perspective, this course (economy of the environment and natural resources) examines environmental issues connected to economic development and based on natural resources that affect communities, countries and the global economy. At the micro level, the focus is placed on pollution, external effects and the cost-benefit analysis of economic activities and environmental policies. At the macro level, students learn about economic ecology – measure and sustainability of the natural capital in particular – and green Keynesian economics. Prerequisites: ECON 1006 FL and ECON 1007 FL or professor’s permission.
    2. Méthodes de recherche en sciences de l’activité physique - EDPH 2216 FL
      • In this course (research methods in human kinetics), the student acquires knowledge and understanding required to apply various qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods to research in human kinetics. The course focuses on understanding the concepts and techniques involved in writing, designing and analyzing research which are essential to the assessment, proposal and achievement of research in areas that make up the field of human kinetics.
    3. Recherche et éthique professionnelle en kinésiologie - EDPH 3136 FL
      • This course (research and professional ethics in kinesiology) prepares 3rd-year Kinesiology students for their placements and thesis. Course contents include: preparing a research proposal, filling out an ethics approval form and preparing technical reports. Professional and research ethics are also discussed in keeping with the standards of professional organizations.
    4. Politiques de la santé - EDPH 3526 FL
      • This course (health policies) provides an introduction to the basic structures and functions of the Canadian healthcare system. Health funding policies, healthcare delivery and distribution are studied. Students learn about the basic elements of health policy and the forces affecting them, and develop their skills in health policy analysis. In this course, students also analyze, review, debate and present on current health issues with a perspective on policy analysis.
    5. Évaluation fonctionnelle - EDPH 3806 FL
      • This course (functional assessment) allows students to acquire practical knowledge of a variety of assessment tools commonly used by kinesiologists in their current practice. The course encourages an understanding of the why, how and when of certain assessments and emphasizes professional conduct when carrying out these services.
    6. Thèse en kinésiologie - EDPH 4805 FL
      • This course (thesis in kinesiology) is a kinesiology project based on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the thesis supervisor and course coordinator. Once completed, the project is presented during a seminar and prepared in B.Sc. thesis format according to Kinesiology program regulations. Prerequisite: EDPH 3136.
    7. Stage en Psychologie du sport - EDPH 4996 FL
      • This course (placement in sport psychology) offers practical experience in the field of sport psychology and exercise. Students must spend at least 40 hours working with individuals or groups in the context of sports activities, exercise or rehabilitation. Students are supervised by a faculty member at the University as well as an advisor from the community institution/organization.
    8. Expérience formative en étude de l’environnement - ENVI 3806
      • This course (formative experience in environmental studies) recognizes how valuable personal experiences outside of university courses are from a training and educational perspective. The department may award credits to students enrolled in the B.A. in Environmental Studies (major or specialization) for relevant experiences including employment, volunteerism, field work or study trips. Activities related to the environment or sustainable development may be eligible. Prerequisite: at least 60 university credits or department’s permission.
    9. Anthropologie philosophique - PHIL 2616
      • This course (philosophical anthropology) examines major issues in philosophical anthropology, such as: the relationship between language, body, emotions and rationality; nature and culture; genesis of institutions (family, religion, art, State, law, economy, etc.) and their role in the constitution/construction of self; and value systems among different cultures. Students also learn about the anthropological impact of modern technology.
    10. Projet de recherche - PHYS 4505FL
      • This course is a research project that each student in Radiation Therapy must carry out in the 4th year of the program. Students perform a scientific study in the discipline and work with a supervisor in a clinical placement setting to complete the project. The final steps are an oral presentation and a written final report of the research project in a scientific thesis format.