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:
Small interactive classes that allow students ample time to connect with our accomplished instructors
Study abroad around the world
Multiple ways to tie your studies into key out-of-class experiences
Access to the support and programs of DU’s Center for World Languages and Cultures
Opportunities for independent study and senior thesis
Multiple approaches to French and Francophone Studies including gender studies, postcolonial theory, film studies and ecocriticism
- 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.
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.