The French major prepares students to live and work in a global society by developing multilingualism and intercultural competency. Students will master French language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) needed for all purposes of daily life and gain diverse perspectives on French and Francophone culture though courses focusing on literature, history, visual arts, film, media and business.

Survey courses and upper-division seminars offer a range of exposure to the French cultural past and the vast ethnic and national diversity of the French-speaking present. The major explores distinctly French contributions to world culture and allows students to familiarize themselves with the history, forms, and conventions of a rich literary and artistic tradition. In addition to covering a broad range of historical periods, transcultural approaches, and topics ranging from Enlightenment political thought to animal studies and France's relations with the Muslim world, the French curriculum brings far-flung periods and places to life. It links analysis of contemporary cultural phenomena with more distant historical epochs and texts. Medieval epic is studied in tandem with "Game of Thrones," for example, or the history of Caribbean slavery with the figure of the Zombie. All courses for the major and minor are interdisciplinary and associate elements of other disciplines such as media studies, art history, science studies, philosophy, sociology, ecology or anthropology with the study of literary texts and other cultural artifacts.

Recent course topics include

FREN 1200Medieval Epic Through Game of Thrones3
FREN 1880The Zombie in History and Popular Culture3
FREN 3500French Current Events: Conversation and Composition3
FREN 3700French-American Cultural Differences3
FREN 4250Medieval and Renaissance Readings3
FREN 4600Topics in French Film3
FREN 4700Encountering Animals: Contemporary Discourse and the Dialog of Species3

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed under Requirements. Students wishing to pursue an Honors major should also consult the Honors requirements.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completing an undergraduate degree in French studies, student will be able to:

Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's Degree Program(s)

The bachelor's–accelerated master's (BAM) degree program options offer currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a bachelor's and master's degree in a shorter period of time. Students receive the bachelor's degree first, but begin taking graduate coursework as undergraduates (typically in their senior year).

Because some courses are allowed to double count for both the bachelor's and the master's degrees, students receive a master's degree in less time and at a lower cost than if they were to enroll in a stand-alone master's degree program after completion of their baccalaureate degree. In addition, staying at CU Boulder to pursue a bachelor's–accelerated master's program enables students to continue working with their established faculty mentors.

BA and MA in French

The BAM degree program in French is normally a five-year program designed for currently enrolled CU Boulder students.

The BAM program is administered jointly by the Graduate School and the French and Italian Department. The department assumes primary administrative authority and responsibility reflecting the full authority and standards of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Admissions Requirements

Initial admission to the program typically occurs during the junior year. Any student inquiring should consult a college advisor and the associate chair for graduate studies in the French and Italian Department for details. Students admitted to the BAM program will be admitted at undergraduate status. 

In order to gain admission to the BAM program named above, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have completed all MAPS deficiencies (students admitted to CU Boulder prior to Summer 2023 only).
  • Be a full-time CU Boulder student.
  • If a transfer student, have completed at least 24 credit hours as a degree-seeking student before applying.

Program Requirements

Students may take up to and including 12 hours while in the undergraduate program which can later be used toward the master's degree. However, only 9 credits may be double counted toward the bachelor's degree and the master's degree. Students must apply to graduate with the bachelor's degree, and apply to continue with the master's degree, early in the semester in which the undergraduate requirements will be completed.

If you are interested in the BAM degree program, please contact the graduate program assistant for more information.