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.

Degree 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 a statement of purpose and one paper done for an undergraduate French course.
  6. TOEFL/IELTS scores: 75 Internet based, 550 paper exam, 213 computerized exam

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

Department of French and Italian website