Our BA in French and Francophone Studies hones your speaking, reading and translation skills while deepening your critical understanding of France and the Francophone world.

You'll receive an immersive language experience by studying literature, culture and film and by engaging in discussions and analyses with faculty and classmates. Take these studies a step further by completing a senior thesis in French and earning distinction in the major.

Outside the classroom, you can join the DU Francoscope 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, 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 international commerce and business.

The French and Francophone Studies program offers:

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    Small interactive classes that allow students ample time to connect with our accomplished instructors

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    Study abroad around the world

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    Multiple ways to tie your studies into key out-of-class experiences

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    Access to the support and programs of DU’s Center for World Languages and Cultures

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    Opportunities for independent study and senior thesis

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    Multiple approaches to French and Francophone Studies including gender studies, postcolonial theory, film studies and ecocriticism

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Degree Requirements

  • To major in French and Francophone Studies, students will need 44 credits at the level of FREN 2001 or above. These include four French Conversation and Composition credits, four Advanced Grammar or Translation credits, eight Introductory Literature and Culture 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 credits at the level of 2001 or above. These include four French Conversation and Composition credits, eight Introductory Literature and Culture credits and four Advanced Seminar credits.

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 


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