We offer undergraduate courses in French language, literature and culture.

The language classes are based on a flipped model using online platforms allowing maximum flexibility in language learning and rich audio-visual content. Coursework focuses on spoken and written language, literature, composition, conversation and Business French.

Literature and culture courses focus on topics ranging from the Middle Ages to 21st-century literature and cinema. We also offer study abroad programs in a number of French-speaking locations.

Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school. To declare a French minor, visit the Academic Advising Center.



Prerequisite for admission to courses for the minor is FREN 2110 or equivalent.

Program Requirements

A total of 18 upper-division credit hours is required for the minor. All courses counted for the minor must be numbered 3000 or above. Courses taught by the department in English, do not, in general, apply to the minor, with the exception of FREN 3200 and FREN 3300.

All courses for minor credit hours must be taken for a grade. The only exception to this rule is course credit, which although taken for a grade, is recorded pass/fail on the student's transcript (this includes transfer credit from accredited universities and courses taken on CU study abroad programs).

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all courses counted for the minor. The GPA for all coursework taken in the minor department must be equal to 2.00 (C) or higher.

A maximum of 6 credit hours upper-division credit may be transferred from other universities or non-CU Boulder study abroad programs. Courses taken on CU Boulder study abroad programs are considered to be CU credit hours and are not subject to this limitation.