Jan 21, 2021
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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.
- 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
- French majors are advised to take MATH 1010 or 2830 for their CU Denver Core Curriculum Mathematics requirement.
- All courses counting toward the French major must be taught in French.
- FREN 3200 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.
- Note: Students must take at least one literature course and at least one culture or civilization course.