Master of Arts in French and Francophone Intercultural Studies (MA)


Customize your program by choosing among the following research areas:

Social Sciences



Political science Applied linguistics Philosophy
Sociology Sociolinguistics Literature
  Translation History


Plus the option to do a community research project


Program Features:

  • Intercultural
  • Experiential
  • Interdisciplinary

Scholarship and assistantships available

For French-Canadian studies, collaboration with La Cité universitaire francophone, the Department of History, Women's Studies and the Canadian Plains Research Centre (CPRC) and other units makes possible linguistic and cultural studies of French communities in Western Canada.


Program Requirements

The MA program in French Studies is open to students who have an Honours B.A. degree in French from this university or equivalent qualifications approved by the Department of French and Francophone Intercultural Studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. A considerable degree of fluency in French is expected.


Courses 12 credits
Thesis 15 credits
Seminar 3 credits
Total 30 credits


Students may be permitted to enroll in up to 2 courses (or 50% of the course work) in cognate disciplines or departments.

Well-prepared students will normally take 12 credit hours, or four graduate courses, in French. If required by the Department, one further course may be added. The MA candidate will present a three-credit seminar on his/her area of study in the semester preceding the defense.

The thesis shall be written in French with an abstract in English. Graduate courses will be chosen in consultation with the student's program advisor. In special circumstances, and with the approval of the Head of Department, courses in a closely related field may be counted toward the degree.


Interested? Want to learn more? Please contact : 

Centre de services aux étudiants
La Cité universitaire francophone, LI 220


Accredited Thesis Supervisors

Dr. Emmanuel Aito

Research Interests

French linguistics; Terminology, Glottopolitics; Socioterminology; Lexicology

Dr. Michael Akinpelu

Professor at the University of Regina since 2016. His research interests include linguistic politics and their impact on sustainable development in a multilingual environment, sociolinguistics as related to teaching and learning a second/additional language, and compared Francophonie. His recent publications include:

  • 2016: « L’implantation du français comme deuxième langue officielle au Nigéria », by Gillian Lane-Mercier, Denise Merkle et Jane Koustas, Modèles de plurilinguisme et pluriculturalisme : des modèles officiels dans le monde, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal

Dr. Jérôme Melançon

Lecturer at the University of Regina since 2016, after eight years of teaching at the University of Alberta, Augusta Campus. His research areas include political ideologies, political relations between cultures, the sociology of political ideologies, social and political philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism) as well as popular music. His published works include:

  • 2016: a transcribed, annotated and presented edition of Entretiens avec Georges Charbonnier et autres dialogues 1946-1959 by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by Éditions Verdier

  • 2015: « Liberty, Equality, Laicity: Québec’s Charter of Values and the Reframing of Politics », Canadian Political Science Review

  • 2014: « La philosophie et les transformations de l’identité francophone au Québec. Fernand Dumont et les possibilités du nationalisme », International Journal of Canadian Studies

  • Two poetry books, Quelques pas quelque part (2016) and De perdre tes pas (2011), by Éditions des Plaines

Dr. Michael Poplyansky

Lecturer at the University of Regina since 2015 after having been, for two years, a history and political science professor at St-Anne University. He is particularly interested in  political and intellectual history, women's history, the history of education, and the study of nationalism in the contemporary world. 

His recent publications include:

  • 2018: "Le « moment 68 » au Collège Sainte-Anne : la mentalité estudiantine au moment de la grève de 1968", Historical Studies in Education-Revue en histoire de l'éducation, 30.1 (2018): 114-140
  • 2018: Contre toute attente: histoire de la présence francophone à l'Université de Regina, Caraquet, Éditions de la Francophonie, 2018. 
  • 2016: “The Rootedness of Acadian Neo-nationalism: The Changing Meaning of le 15 août 1968-1982” in Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake (eds.), Celebrating Canada: National Holidays, Commemoration and Identity Politics. University of Toronto Press
  • 2015: « Acadien ou francophone? Indécision identitaire au Nouveau-Brunswick et en Nouvelle-Écosse 1968-1973 » Port Acadie : Revue interdisciplinaire en études acadiennes
  • 2013: « L’Acadie aux Acadiens! Le nationalisme du Parti acadien 1977-1982», Acadiensis : Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region
  • 2012: « Unilinguisme québécois versus bilinguisme acadien: les politiques linguistiques du Parti québécois et du Parti acadien 1970-1978 », Francophonies d’Amérique

Dr. Sylvain Rheault

Associate professor at the University of Regina since 1998. His research focuses on French literature from the 20th century, rhetoric, stylistics, as well as comics from all cultures (European, Asian and North American). He has published:

  • 2015: With Philippe Mather: Rediscovering French Science-Fiction in Literature, Film and Comics, by Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • 2004: Le Style de Poisson d'amour de Didier van Cauwelaert, by Peter Lang
  • 1998: With Bernard Dupriez: La Clé des procédés littéraires, Montréal, with ETC inc, in interactive dictionary form on CD-ROM


Course Descriptions

Course offerings will change from one year to year depending on the faculty's research projects.

FRN 801
Bibliographie et méthodologie
Overview of the methods associated with the disciplines linked with francophone and intercultural studies.

3 credits

FRN 802
Perspectives sur l’étude des communautés francophones
Overview of the approaches used in the study of francophone communities in minority settings, based on the perspectives of a variety of disciplines.

3 credits

FRN 803
Stage en communauté

An 80-hour internship in an organization tied to Francophone communities, leading to the preparation of a report of approximately 40 pages.

**Pre-requisite: at least 6 cr. in FRN graduate courses.

6 credits

Études spécialisées en langue et linguistique
Study of contemporary linguistic theories and aspects of specialized language and terminology.

3 credits

Études spécialisées en sociolinguistique
Study of various approaches, practices and recent research in sociolinguistics.

3 credits

Études spécialisées des communautés et organisations de la francophonie
Étude des modes d’existence et des institutions collectives des populations francophones, du niveau local au niveau mondial.

3 credits

Études spécialisées en histoire des francophonies
Study of the diverse francophone spaces in the Americas from a historical perspective.

3 credits

Études spécialisées en littératures et en cultures francophones
Study of Francophone literary and cultural productions and of the cultures to which they are related.

3 credits

Études spécialisées en théorie littéraire
Study of theories related to literary writing, creation, communication, reading, reception, and/or literary communities

3 credits

Un Auteur et son Oeuvre
Study of major portions of an author’s work in the context of the Francophonie.

3 credits

Études spécialisées des idées en francophonie
Study of streams of thought throughout the history of la Francophonie, Francophone cultures, and the major works that influenced them.

3 credits

Travaux dirigés

3 credits

FRN 900

3 credits

FR 901
Recherche et rédaction de thèse

3-15 credits


Not all the courses listed can be offered in any one year.

Need Tutoring? The tutoring service is free for all University of Regina students taking at least one French course.