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The department’s faculty work on all periods of French literature, from the Middle Ages to the present, including Francophone literature, cultural studies, film, and literary theory. Graduate students are encouraged to work in a broad interdisciplinary context with the departments of comparative literature, film studies, linguistics, philosophy, history, and other literature departments. Requirements are structured to foster original research at the frontiers of the discipline.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

The MA program in French literature at the University of Colorado consists of (a) course work and (b) a comprehensive examination.

The PhD program in French literature consists of (a) course work, (b) a comprehensive examination, (c) a doctoral dissertation, and (d) an oral defense of the doctoral dissertation.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university with a major in French. PhD applicants should hold an MA degree or equivalent in French or a related field.
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 in all French courses.
  3. Have good pronunciation in French as evidenced by an audio recording submitted by the applicant. The applicant should read one or two very short selections of prose or poetry and a short autobiographical passage composed in French by the applicant.
  4. Have three letters of recommendation.
  5. Submit official GRE scores.
  6. Submit a statement of purpose and one paper done for an undergraduate French course.
Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of French
Graduate Secretary
Humanities 340
238 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0238
Phone: 303-492-7226
Fax: 303-492-8338

75 Internet based, 550 paper exam, 213 computerized exam