The French program offers courses in advanced language, linguistics, literature, civilization, culture and business, all taught exclusively in French. A French major may also be part of the Secondary Foreign Language Teacher Licensure Program. Students enrolled in the licensure program must complete the requirements for the French major as well as requirements in general education and Initial Professional Teacher Education courses (see separate sheet for information and consult both French and undergraduate advisors). 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. Click here so you can see what you can do with a French major.

Admission to the program

  • 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 UCD must see a French advisor before enrolling in courses for the major

Program Requirements

1. The minimum grade acceptable in any French course applied to a French major is C- (1.7). The grade point average in all courses applied to a French major at UCD must be 2.5.

2. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a French major.

3. All students majoring in French must complete 30 semester hours of upper-division French courses (courses numbered 3000 and above). A minimum of 18 of those semester hours must be taken from the faculty in French at the Downtown Denver Campus.

4. Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at UCD may be applied to the major only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses.

5. Students with Advanced Placement credits from high school or CLEP credits must see a French advisor about course equivalencies.

6. 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 UCD. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.

Outcomes Assessment

I. Program Goals:

The following areas of knowledge are central to the undergraduate degree in French:

  1. Ability to describe and differentiate the phonetic features of modern standard French.
  2. Familiarity with at least one period/genre of French literature.
  3. An academic appreciation of the most important periods of French history and culture.
  4. Awareness of current cultural issues in the Francophone world.

Skills: In addition, students completing the degree in French are expected to demonstrate:

  1. The linguistic proficiency to speak and understand everyday standard French including the ability to engage in intellectual discussion in academic settings using correct pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.
  2. The ability to read and write modern, standard French with sufficient fluency and correctness that literary or linguistic analysis of French texts can be performed without being hindered by grammatical problems.
  3. The ability to analyze and interpret literary texts in terms of style, structure, themes, etc. and the ability to communicate such interpretations competently.

Outcomes Assessment: The French program evaluates students' accomplishments of its goals with a required Oral Proficiency Interview and written exam. Students must demonstrate Advanced level oral and written proficiency (on the national scale created by the American Council for the Teachers of Foreign Languages - ACTFL). In addition, the written exam tests mastery of literary, cultural and linguistic knowledge.

II. Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students should be able to describe and differentiate the phonetic features of modern standard French.
  2. Students must show familiarity with at least one period /genre of French literature.
  3. Students must show an academic appreciation of the most important periods of French history and culture.
  4. Students must show an awareness of current cultural issues in the Francophone world.
  5. Students must demonstrate the linguistic proficiency to speak and understand everyday standard French, including the ability to engage in intellectual discussion in academic settings using correct pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.
  6. Students must demonstrate the ability to read and write modern, standard French with sufficient fluency and correctness that literary or linguistic analysis of French texts can be performed without being hindered by grammatical problems.
  7. Students must demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret literary texts in terms of style, structure, and themes and the ability to communicate such interpretations competently.

Honors in French

Students who complete all the requirements for the French major (as outlined above), meet the following criteria and have been invited by the French faculty are encouraged to participate in the honors program. Successful completion of this program by students majoring in French leads to graduation with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude.

Cum laude:

  1. Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and French GPA of 3.8 or better

OR

  1. Overall GPA or 3.2 or better and French GPA of 3.5 or better and

three credit hours of French 4840, Independent Study. The candidate must present the independent study topic for approval by the faculty honors committee by the end of the semester that precedes commencement of the project. At the end of the independent study project, and at least one month before the end of the semester, the candidate shall deliver an oral presentation based on the project to the faculty honors committee.

Magna cum laude and Summa cum laude:

  1. Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and French GPA of 3.8 or better

and

  1. Six credit hours of French 4840, Independent Study, spread over two semesters. The candidate must present the independent study topic for approval by the faculty honors committee by the end of the semester that precedes commencement of the project. At the end of the independent study project, and at least one month before the end of the semester, the candidate shall submit a written thesis to the faculty honors committee.
  2. The designation of magna or summa will be the decision of the faculty honors committee.

Required Coursework

  •  FREN 3010 Phonetics/Pronunciation

  • FREN 3020 Oral Practice

  • FREN 3050 Advanced Grammar and Composition

  • FREN 3060 Advanced French Language Skills

  •  Three courses at the 4000 level

  • Three electives at the 3000 or 4000 level

Notes

1. Students must take at least one literature course and at least one culture or civilization course.

2. All courses counting towards the major must be taught in French (FREN 3200 does not count towards the major.)

 

Teacher certification in French

Students interested in teaching French at the elementary or secondary school level should discuss the French undergraduate licensure program with both their French and undergraduate advisors. For information see Teacher Licensure.

For more information:

Lori Willard

Plaza Building, Room 118