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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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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. A French major may also be part of the Secondary Foreign Language Teacher Licensure Program. Students enrolled in the licensure program must complete the requirements for the French major 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 to the program
  • To be admitted to major status in French, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3).
  • 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
Program Requirements
1. The minimum grade acceptable in any French course applied to a French major is C (2.0). The grade point average in all courses applied to a French major at UCD must be 2.5.
2. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a French major.
3. 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 Denver Campus.
4. 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.
5. Students with Advanced Placement credits from high school must see a French advisor about courses equivalencies. The Department of Modern Languages does not accept CLEP credits.
6. 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 UCD. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.
Outcomes Assessment
During their final semester in the language, French majors 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 may nominate students for extra coursework leading to higher levels of honors in French. For information see additional handout.
Required Coursework
 FREN 3010 Phonetics/Pronunciation
 FREN 3020 Oral Practice
 FREN 3050 Advanced Grammar and Composition
 FREN 3060 Advanced French Language Skills
 Three courses at the 4000 level
 Three electives at the 3000 or 4000 level
Notes
1. Students must take at least one literature course and at least one culture or civilization course.
2. All courses counting towards the major must be taught in French (FREN 3200 does not count towards the major.)
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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:

Spanish