Our BA in French and Francophone Studies hones your speaking, reading and translation skills, while deepening your understanding of French-speaking cultures around the world.
By studying literature and film, and by engaging in conversations with faculty and classmates, you'll receive an immersive language experience. Take these studies a step further by completing a senior thesis in French.
Outside the classroom, you can join the DU Francoscope (French Club), explore internship opportunities, or study abroad in places like France, Senegal, Madagascar, Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland and Morocco.
Our graduates go on to become artists, teachers, computer programmers, translators, NGO directors and lawyers. And, with French-speaking Canada as the United States' most important export market, French speakers have opportunities to excel in global commerce.
The Department of Languages and Literatures at DU offers:
Small, interactive classes that allow students ample opportunity to interact with our accomplished instructors
Study abroad opportunities around the globe
Multiple ways to tie your studies into key out-of-classroom experiences, including service learning, internships and extracurricular activities
Access to the support and programs of DU’s Center for World Languages and Cultures
Independent study programs and collaboration with faculty members
- To major in French and Francophone Studies, students will need to complete 44 credits beyond FREN 1003. These include four credits of required courses, eight Topics credits, four Advanced Grammar credits, eight Advanced Seminar credits and 20 elective credits.
- For distinction in the major you will need to complete a thesis written in French, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a major GPA of 3.6.
- The secondary major is 44 credit hours.
- The minor is 24 credit hours beyond FREN 1003.
See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.
About this Course
This course is an introduction to satire in French and Francophone literature. A classical literary technique of denunciation, satire has been recently adopted and adapted in popular televised shows (Les Guignols de l’info in France, Kouthia Show in Senegal, SNL in the US) to recapture important sociopolitical events throughout the world. In our selection of literary texts, films, and sketches such as Alioune Badara Bèye’s Les Larmes de la patrie, Moussa Absa Sène’s Tableau Ferraille and Dieudonné’s Le Président africain, we will analyze why and how authors make use of satire to denounce the most prevailing problems faced by French and Francophone societies at given times of their historical trajectories.
La Culture Au Cinema
About this Course
We will read and interpret contemporary French feature films and other related journalistic or literary texts. We will analyze the ways in which the directors/authors of such films/texts understand and represent a certain notion of "French" culture, in general, and its diverse and varied expressions, in particular. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
Masques du Moi
About this Course
Qui suis-je??? The question of self, identity, and discovering "who I am" has preoccupied many writers, filmmakers, or other artists. Identity, or one's sense of self, can be shaped by families, personal experiences, or social and historical forces. Writers might recount the "true" facts of their lived experience or mix in some fictions as they fashion a story of the self. This course will explore the diverse ways that autobiography and others ways of "writing the self" represent the relation of self, world and word. Examples will come from French and Francophone contexts. The class is conducted all in French and emphasizes discussion, writing, and critical thinking. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.