Undergraduate Majors and Degree Tracks

We offer majors in French and Spanish. We also offer teaching licensures in French and Spanish, as well as an International Language and Culture for the Professions track in both French and Spanish.

Majors

French Major

French Major

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

During their final semester in the language, French majors participate in an oral proficiency interview and take a written outcomes assessment exam to measure their level of proficiency and mastery of key concepts.

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.)

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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:
Diane Dansereau

Plaza Building, Room 118 S

 

Spanish Major

Spanish Undergraduate Advisors (Assigned alphabetically by student's last name)

Devin Jenkins, Chair, Study Abroad Advisor                             Plaza Building, Room 118 R              303-315-7236

Andrés Lema-Hincapié  Last names ending in A-F                  Plaza Building, Room 118 B              303-315-7226

Alyssa Martoccio  Last names ending in G-O                          Plaza Building, Room 118 E              303-315-7228

Maria Fernandez Martinez  Last names ending in P-Z            Plaza Building, Room 118 A              303-315-7247

 

Teaching Licensures

We offer teaching licensures in:

French

Spanish

Languages in Professions

International Language and Culture for the Professions (ILCP)

Spanish Major Track:  International Language and Culture for the Professions

This option in the Spanish major offers exciting career possibilities, both in government and private industry, at home and abroad. Languages are extremely useful in business, industry, commerce, civil service, law, library science, media, science, economics, health and social sciences. Students who follow this course of study could also qualify as teachers of general business subjects in bilingual as well as traditional school systems. (However, students who wish to be certified to teach Spanish in the public schools should complete the Language and Literature option and consult the requirements for certification.) This major has the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. Those choosing this major will not be able to enter our graduate program in Spanish without fulfilling the requirements of the Language and Literature major.

International Spanish for the Professions is a controlled enrollment major, which takes two years to complete. Interested students should contact their Spanish Advisor in the Department of Modern Languages to declare the major. This should be done as early as possible in the student’s academic career but no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. To graduate, students must meet all UCD campus requirements for graduation and should consult with their advisor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for details.

Prerequisites:

SPAN 2120 or 2130 or equivalent proficiency
ECON 2112 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics
ECON 2022 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
MATH 1110 (College Algebra) or 1070 (Finite Math) or higher level course

Requirements: (45 credit hours)

Spanish courses (30 credit hours):

All of the following professional courses:

SPAN 3700 Spanish for International Business I
SPAN 4710 Spanish for International Business II (Prereq: SPAN 3700)
SPAN 3082 Introduction to Translation I (or equivalent Business course)

Two of the following language skills and theory courses:

SPAN 3010 Advanced Conversation and Composition I
SPAN 3020 Advanced Conversation and Composition II
SPAN 3310 Spanish Writing and Grammar I
SPAN 3060 Hispanic Phonetics: Theory and Practice

Two of the following culture courses (must include 3223 or 3224):

SPAN 3223 Contemporary Spanish Culture & Institutions
SPAN 3224 Contemporary Latin American Culture & Institutions
SPAN 3212 Spanish American Culture & Civilization
SPAN3222 Culture & Civilization of Spain II
SPAN 3070 Bilingual Communities

The following literature course:

SPAN 3252 Introduction to the Study of Literature

Two SPAN electives, to be taken at the 4000-level.

Business Courses (15 credit hours)

MGMT 1000 Intro to Business
ACCT 2200 Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis
(Prereq: MATH 1070 & Sophomore standing)
MKTG 3000 Principles of Marketing
(Prereq: junior standing)
MGMT 3000 Managing Individuals and Teams
(Prereq: junior standing)
MGMT 4400 Intro to International Business or International Field Study
(Prereq: MGMT 1000 and an overall 3.0 GPA)

Recommended:

• Language Study Abroad / International Travel or Field Study
• Internship in target language
• Official proficiency exam

Arrangements are currently underway to offer a minor in Business to students completing the above track who also take:

BLAW 3000—Legal and Ethical Environments of Business I

Students interested in pursuing the ILCP track in Spanish should consult with an advisor in the department.

Spanish Undergraduate Advisors (Assigned alphabetically by student's last name)

Devin Jenkins, Chair, Study Abroad Advisor                             Plaza Building, Room 118 R              303-315-7236

Andrés Lema-Hincapié  Last names ending in A-F                  Plaza Building, Room 118 B              303-315-7226

Alyssa Martoccio  Last names ending in G-O                          Plaza Building, Room 118 E              303-315-7228

Maria Fernandez Martinez  Last names ending in P-Z            Plaza Building, Room 118 A              303-315-7247