As a French or Italian major, you will acquire in-depth knowledge of the language and culture you have chosen, possibly including a semester or a year living and studying in a foreign country. You will also receive a broad-based liberal arts education, learning practical, critical, and analytic skills essential for problem solving and effective interaction in the world beyond the university. Proficiency in one or more foreign languages is an asset to many professions and provides an enriching understanding of our diverse world. Both programs lead to the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree.

The major in French is built around a series of stimulating courses allowing you to acquire language skills, study literary works that have helped to shape western and Francophone culture, and develop an in-depth knowledge of French thought. After successfully completing the program, you should feel at ease with the language and culture of France, be able to apply your knowledge in other areas of the humanities or social sciences, and feel comfortable travelling or working in French-speaking countries.

The major in Italian will provide you with modern Italian language skills suitable for everyday life. By combining courses offered through the department with Italian interest courses from other departments, including film studies, fine arts, humanities and history, the program promotes an understanding of the role of the Italian literary and cultural tradition within western civilization. Italy is the cradle of the Renaissance and continues to project a powerful formative influence into our own day. Thus, in addition to supplying the language skills necessary for advanced professional study and specialization, the Italian major will introduce you to a rich literary, artistic and intellectual history at the roots of the modern world. The University of Colorado at Boulder is one of the few schools in the Rocky Mountain region to offer an undergraduate major in Italian.

A degree in French or Italian will prepare you for a wide variety of career choices in fields such as interpreting, translating, and foreign language teaching. It also serves as an auxiliary skill in business, industry and commerce, the civil service (both foreign and domestic), law, library science, journalism, radio and television, the film industry, publishing, science and social sciences, travel and tourism industries, and religious, health, and social service agencies in the United States and abroad. 

If you plan to continue on to graduate studies, the major provides an excellent background for business, political science, history, law, management, journalism, art history, literary criticism, library science, and international relations.

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work.

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

In addition to its regular course offerings, the department frequently invites lecturers to speak on critical and literary problems, and visiting professors to teach seminars on special topics. There are regular meetings of foreign language conversation tables and clubs. You can work in up-to-date, well-equipped language laboratories, be videotaped in conversation courses, receive computer-assisted instruction at a variety of levels, and attend presentations of films, plays, and festivals in your foreign language.

A distributed studies major is available in both French and Italian, as well as  teacher licensure. 

French or Italian majors may choose to seek honors in their field, which results in the designation of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude at graduation. Honors work involves a senior honors research project.  Look into this program early, as it involves securing a faculty sponsor and developing an individual project.

Because the most satisfying way to learn language is to live it, students of French or Italian should strongly consider studying abroad. For students of French, it is possible to study for a summer in Annecy, France or Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada; for a semester or year in Rennes, Strasbourg, or Paris; and for a semester in Toulouse, France, or in Belgium, or in one of several countries in French-speaking Africa. Italian students can study for a semester or a year in Florence, Perugia, or Ferrara. 

For further information, contact the Office of International Education located in the Center for Community, call 303-492-7741, or visit the web site at: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-2596, http://enrichment.colorado.edu/urop/.

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.
 

Italian 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
ITAL
1010 (5): Beginning Italian 1 (If needed, does not fulfill Italian major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
ITAL
1020 (5): Beginning Italian 2 (If needed, does not fulfill Italian major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (4)


Second Year - Fall Semester
ITAL
2110 (3): Intermediate Italian Reading, Grammar, and Composition 1
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
ITAL
2120 (3): Intermediate Italian Reading, Grammar, and Composition 1
ITAL 2130 (3): Intro to Literary Analysis
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
ITAL 3015
(3): Advanced Composition 1
ITAL 3025, 3030 or 3040 (3): Advanced Composition/Conversation
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
ITAL 3140, 3150 or 3160
(3): Italian Literature
ITAL (3): Upper-division elective (options include courses outside of ITAL with an Italian topic)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
ITAL 3140, 3150 or 3160
(3): Italian Literature
ITAL (3): Upper-division elective(options include courses outside of ITAL with an Italian topic)
ITAL (3): 4000-level elective
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
ITAL 4990
(3): Senior Seminar (4840 Independent Study if completing Honors)
ITAL (3): 4000-level elective
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.

 

French 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
FREN
1010 (5): Beginning French 1 (If needed, does not fulfill French major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year - Spring Semester
FREN
1020 (5): Beginning French 2 (If needed, does not fulfill French major course requirements)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (4)


Second Year - Fall Semester
FREN
2110 (3): 2nd Yr French: Grammar and Reading 1 (If needed, does not fulfill French major course requirements)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)
http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester
FREN
2120 (3): 2nd Yr French: Grammar and Reading 2 (Prereq for courses required for French major but does not fulfill major course requirements)
FREN 3010 (3): French Phonetics and Pronunciation
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
FREN 3050 or 3060
(3): French Composition
FREN (3): Upper Division course (12 credits required, see Degree Audit for details)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Third Year - Spring Semester
FREN 3100
(3): Intro to Critical Reading and Writing in French Lit
FREN 3110 or 3120 (3): Main Currents in French Lit
FREN (3): Upper Division course (12 credits required, see Degree Audit for details)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
FREN 4990
(3): Senior Seminar
FREN (3): Upper Division course (12 credits required, see Degree Audit for details)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
FREN
(3): course 4100 or higher (3 credits required)
FREN (3): Upper Division course (12 credits required, see Degree Audit for details)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)