The Department has originally been part of the Faculty of Arts of UCC since its inception in 1964. It is currently one of the eleven (11) Departments of the Faculty and is located in Faculty of Arts Block, North Campus. The Department offers programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The undergraduate programme leads to a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees in French. The French Major programme is a preserve of B. A (Arts) and B.ED (Arts) students. Additionally, B. A Communication, B. A Theatre Studies and B. A African Studies students have the privilege to Minor in French. Besides, the Department collaborates with other Departments outside the Faculty, such as the Department of Optometry and the Department of Tourism and Hospitality, to run special French language courses for their undergraduate students.
Undergraduate students from any Department can also “audit” French courses at their convenience. At the postgraduate level, the Department runs programmes in both the Regular and Sandwich streams. M. A Bilingual Translation and M. A Applied Linguistics programmes which involve term papers are offered on course work basis in the Sandwich stream for two years. M.Phil French Linguistics is a top-up Sandwich programme for two years involving course work and research in French. In the regular session, the various postgraduate programmes which involve course work and research in French include: Master of Philosophy Degree in French (Linguistics and Didactics), Master of Philosophy Degree in French (French Literature and Civilisation), Master of Philosophy Degree in French (African Literature and Civilisation) and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in French.
As regards its postgraduate programmes, the Department has put in place mechanisms to facilitate early completion of Dissertations and Theses. During the Sandwich session in June and July each year, the Department conducts Vacation Programmes in English Proficiency for University students from Togo and Burkina Faso. The Department also runs an Outreach programme for the General Public, Staff and Students at a reasonable fee with convenient schedules. Participants of this programme are provided with comprehensively compiled manuals. Certificates are issued to participants on merit after taking part in a standard examination at the end of the programme. Also important to highlight is that, whilst plans are underway to establish a translation bureau, the Department efficiently offers professional translation services to the University community and the general public at a standard fee. As a typical hallmark of French Departments, ours can also boast of a vibrant French Club, with duly elected Executives and a Patron. The Club is principally constituted by all students of French in the Department as well as students in sister Departments interested in learning French.
Essentially, the Club is intended to create a platform for students of French to socialise and interact using the French language outside formal lecture periods. The Club has close collaborations with institutions such as Alliance Française, Cape Coast, etc. The Department can also boast of well-motivated academic and administrative staff who deliver on their core obligations with respect to administrative work, teaching and research and publications as well as service to the university community. The Department upholds values and principles of academic and professional integrity and excellence, equity and fairness in its dealings with students, members of the University community and the general public. These shared-values are highly upheld within the framework the motto of the University of Cape Coast: VERITAS NOBIS LUMEN