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Students wishing to improve their linguistic skills as well as their knowledge of Francophone literature and culture may choose this major.
The French program offers courses in advanced language, linguistics, literature, civilization, culture and business, all taught exclusively in French. A minor is also offered. All French majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program. Please see your French department advisor for information about opportunities to include study abroad as part of your major.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
To be admitted to major status in French, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3).
Students presenting four years of high school French (Level IV) for admission to CU Denver must see a French advisor before enrolling in courses for the major.
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
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Students must complete a minimum of 30 FREN credit hours.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 upper division (3000-level or above) FREN credit hours.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all courses applied to major requirements. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
Students must complete a minimum of 18 FREN credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
All courses counting toward the French major must be taught in French.
FREN 3200 The Francophone World in the Post-Colonial Era does not count toward the major.
Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at CU Denver may be applied to the major only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses.
Students with advanced placement credits from high school must see a French advisor about course equivalencies.
Upon declaring a major in French, each student will be assigned to a faculty advisor with whom the student should consult at least once per semester thereafter. It is especially important that students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at CU Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.
During their final semester in the language, French major students participate in an oral proficiency interview and take a written outcomes assessment exam to measure their level of proficiency and mastery of key concepts.
Students must take at least one literature elective course and at least one culture or civilization elective course.
|Take all of the following||12|
|French Phonetics and Pronunciation|
|Conversation through Film|
|Advanced Grammar and Composition|
|Advanced French Language Skills|
|Select three elective FREN courses at the 3000 or 4000-level.||9|
|Select three elective FREN courses at the 4000-level.||9|
Students must take at least one literature course (Lit) and at least one culture or civilization course (Culture/Civ).
|FREN 3112||Survey of French Literature I (Lit)||3|
|FREN 3120||French Cultural Identities: Myths and Realities (Culture/Civ)||3|
|FREN 3122||Survey of French Literature II (Lit)||3|
|FREN 3130||Current Topics of the French-Speaking World (Culture/Civ)||3|
|FREN 3140||Contemporary Francophone Cultures (Culture/Civ)||3|
|FREN 3970||Special Topics (must be taught in French)||3|
|FREN 4010||Advanced Composition: Stylistics||3|
|FREN 4050||Advanced French for Business||3|
|FREN 4082||Introduction to Translation||3|
|FREN 4200||French Civilization Through the Nineteenth Century (Culture/Civ)||3|
|FREN 4210||French Civilization - Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Culture/Civ)||3|
|FREN 4310||Seventeenth Century Literature (Lit)||3|
|FREN 4360||Eighteenth Century Novel, Theater and Poetry (Lit)||3|
|FREN 4430||Nineteenth Century French Novel (Lit)||3|
|FREN 4480||Twentieth Century French Novel (Lit)||3|
|FREN 4490||Twentieth Century French Theater (Lit)||3|
|FREN 4510||French Women Writers (Lit)||3|
|FREN 4520||Voices of Haiti and the Caribbean (Lit)||3|
|FREN 4600||History of the French Language (Culture/Civ)||3|
|FREN 4970||Special Topics (must be taught in French)||3|
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