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Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate Majors and Degree Tracks


We offer majors in French and Spanish. We also offer teaching licensures in French and Spanish, as well as an International Language and Culture for the Professions track in both French and Spanish.

French Major

The French program offers courses in advanced language, linguistics, literature, civilization, culture and business, all taught exclusively in French. French majors may choose from two different tracks: Language/Literature/Culture, or Language and Culture for the Professions. A French major may also be part of the Secondary Foreign Language Teacher Licensure Program. Students enrolled in this program must complete the requirements for the language/literature/culture track in French as well as requirements in general education and Initial Professional Teacher Education courses (see separate sheet for information and consult both French and undergraduate advisors). All French majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program. Please see your French Department advisor for information about opportunities to include study abroad as part of your major. 

Admission and Grade Requirements

To be admitted to major status in French, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any French course applied to a French major is C (2.0). The average grade in all courses applied to a French major must be 2.5. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a French major.

Upon declaring a major in French, each student will be assigned to a faculty advisor with whom the student should consult at least once per semester thereafter. It is especially important that students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at UC Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.

Students presenting four years of high school French (Level IV) for admission to UCD must see a French advisor before enrolling in courses for the major. Students with Advanced Placement credits from high school should see a French advisor about courses equivalencies. The Department of Modern Languages does not accept CLEP credits.

Outcomes Assessment

During their final semester in the language, French major students participate in an oral proficiency interview and take a written outcomes assessment exam to measure their level of proficiency and mastery of key concepts.

Honors in French

Qualified majors will automatically graduate with regular honors in French. Faculty occasionally nominate students for extra coursework leading to higher levels of honors in French. For information see Undergraduate Honors Programs in Modern Languages.

Requirements for the French Major

All students majoring in French must complete 30 semester hours of upper-division French courses (courses numbered 3000 and above). A minimum of 18 of those semester hours must be taken from the faculty in French at the Downtown Campus. Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at UCD may be applied to the major only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses. Students studying French for the professions must also take courses in other areas. Requirements for both tracks are outlined below:

FRENCH MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Track A (Language, Literature and Culture)

Required Courses

30 credits (10 courses) in French:

  • FREN 3010, Phonetics/Pronunciation
  • FREN 3020, Oral Practice
  • FREN 3050, Advanced Grammar & Composition
  • FREN 3060, Advanced French Language Skills
  • Three courses at the 4000 level
  • Three electives at 3000 or 4000 level

Note: students must take at least one literature course and at least one culture or civilization course.

Track B (French for the Professions)

Prerequisites:

  • ECON 2112, Principles of Econ (macro)
  • ECON 2022, Principles of Econ (micro)
  • MATH 1110, College Algebra, or MATH 1070, Finite Math, or higher level math course

Required Courses

A. 33 credits (11 courses) in French:

  • FREN 1000, Intro to Cultures of  French-Speaking World
  • FREN 3020, Oral Practice
  • FREN 3050, Advanced Grammar/Comp
  • FREN 3060, Advanced Language Skills
  • FREN 4050, Advanced French for Business
  • FREN 4082, Translation
  • FREN 3130, Current Issues/Fr-Spking World, or French 3140, Contemp Francophone Cultures
  • FREN 4210, France in the 20th/21st centuries
  • FREN 3112, Survey French Lit I, or French 3122, Survey French Lit II
  • One additional course chosen from:
    • FREN 3120, Fr Cultural Identities–Myths/Realities
    • FREN 4200, Fr Civ through the 19th century
    • FREN 3130, Current Issues Fr Speaking World
    • FREN 3140, Contemporary Francophone Cultures
    • Any 3000 or 4000 level lit course

B. 15 credits (5 courses) in Business and Economics

  • MGMT 1000 Intro to Business
  • ACCT 2200 Financial Accounting /Statement Analysis
  • MKTG 3000 Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 3000 Managing Individuals & teams
  • 3000 course in International Business

Recommended:

Official proficiency exam (Paris Chamber of Commerce)

Updated February 2009

 

BA in French and Secondary Foreign Language Teacher Licensure

Teacher certification in French

Students interested in teaching French at the elementary or secondary school level should discuss the French undergraduate licensure program with both their French and undergraduate advisors. For information see Teacher Licensure.

Spanish Major

The Spanish program studies the language, linguistics, literature, culture and civilization of Spain, Spanish America, and the Spanish-speaking areas of the U.S. Through the UC Denver Spanish program, students at all levels may study abroad in Spain, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. Please see a faculty member in Spanish for more information about opportunities to include study abroad as part of your major.

Admission and Grade Requirements

To be admitted to major status in Spanish, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any Spanish course applied to the major is a C (2.0). The GPA in all Spanish courses applied to the UC Denver Spanish major must be a 2.5. No course taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a major in Spanish. Upon declaring a major in Spanish, each student will be assigned to a faculty advisor, with whom the student should consult at least once per semester thereafter. The student may be called upon to meet with the full-time faculty in Spanish jointly, as well, for assessment and advising. It is especially important that Spanish Language majors have their transcripts reviewed by a departmental advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at UC Denver. Failure to do so may result in a delay of graduation. Students presenting four years of high school Spanish (Level IV) for admission must see a Spanish advisor before enrolling in courses for the major. Students with Advanced Placement credits from high school should see a Spanish advisor about course equivalencies. The Department of Modern Languages does not accept CLEP credits.

Requirements for the Spanish Major

Students majoring in Spanish for the BA degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of upper division courses (courses numbered 3000 or higher) in Spanish, at least 12 of which must be at the 4000 level. In addition, they must complete six semester hours in courses in related fields outside the curriculum in Spanish.  For a complete list of requirements and courses please see the Spanish Major Flyer.

Coursework in related fields may come from the following:

  • Latin American Studies (from fields such as History, Geography, Political Science and Art History)
  • Hispanic American Studies
  • Linguistics (in the fields of Anthropology or English)
  • Comparative Literature
  • Upper division courses in another foreign language

A list of pre-approved related fields courses can be found by clicking here.

The minimum grade that can be credited toward the major requirement in related fields is C (2.0)

Outcomes Assessment

Before enrolling in their final semester, seniors demonstrate advanced oral and written proficiency in Spanish language through an Oral Proficiency Interview and a Written Outcomes Assessment Exam. Students must see a departmental advisor to schedule proficiency tests in their language. 

Certification to teach at the secondary level

Students planning to seek certification for teaching Spanish at the secondary level must take SPAN 4690, Methods of Teaching Modern Languages. This course does not apply to the 30 hours required for the major. Also, before enrolling in student teaching in the School of Education, students must demonstrate oral and written proficiency as indicated above in "Outcomes Assessment."

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework leading to a UC Denver major in Spanish must be taken from UC Denver Spanish faculty located at the Downtown Campus. Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at UC Denver may be applied to the major only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses.

Required Courses:

1. A minimum of nine semester hours in literature:

  • SPAN 3252, Introduction to the Study of Literature in Spanish (three credit hours)
  • At least one course on the literature of Spain (three credit hours)
  • At least one course on the literature of Spanish America (three credit hours)

2. A minimum of nine semester hours in language skills and theory:

  • SPAN 3060, Hispanic Phonetics: Theory and Practice (three credit hours)
  • At least six additional semester hours in language skills and theory

3. At least two courses on the culture and citilization of Spain or Spanish America, chosen from the following:

  • SPAN 3212, Spanish American Culture and Civilization (three credit hours)
  • SPAN 3213, Contemporary Latin American Culture and Institutions

  • SPAN 3221, Culture and Civilization of Spain I (three credit hours)
  • SPAN 3222, Culture and Civilization of Spain II (three credit hours)
  • SPAN 3223, Contemporary Spanish Culture and Institutions 
  • SPAN 3225, Special Topics In Hispanic Culture

  • SPAN 3230, Ibero-American Culture through Film (three credit hours)
  • ​SPAN 3270, Bilingual Communities (three credit hours)

4. Twelve semester hours at the 4000 level

 


 

Devin Jenkins, Chair, Study Abroad Advisor

Plaza Building, 118 R

303-556-2848

devin.jenkins@ucdenver.edu

 

Maria Fernandez Martinez, Advisor for last names ending in P-Z

Plaza Building, 118 A

303-556-4308

maria.fernandezmartinez@ucdenver.edu

 

Alyssa Martoccio, Advisor for last names ending in G-O

Plaza Building, 118 E

303-556-2840

alyssa.martoccio@ucdenver.edu

 

Andrés Lema-Hincapié, Advisor for last names ending in A-F

Plaza Building, 118 B

303-556-3443

andres.lema-hincapie@ucdenver.edu

 

We offer teaching licensures in:

French

Spanish

We offer the International Languages and Culture for the Professions degree track in:

French

Spanish