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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Major

French

A student majoring in French has two French major options:

  1. French and Francophone Studies
    1. all required courses: 305, 306, 431 and 432
    2. six literature or culture courses at the 300-level
    TOTAL:  10 units
  2. Romance Languages (French Major; Second language focus in Spanish or Italian)
    1. all required courses: 305, 306, 431 and 432
    2. three literature or culture courses at the 300-level; 
    Courses for second language focus in SPANISH:
    1. 305 and two Spanish culture or literature courses.
    2. elementary or more advanced Italian, Portuguese, or Latin.
    Courses for second language focus in ITALIAN:
    1. 305 and two additional Italian courses from 304, 306, 309, 315, 316, 320, 321.
    2. elementary or more advanced Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin. 
  3. TOTAL: 11–12 units.

The department confers distinction based on senior thesis (432) and department work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s must take at least two courses beyond 306, in addition to 431 and 432 at Colorado College, as well as completing the detailed major requirements described above, to receive a French degree from the college. Only two credits from any unaffiliated program abroad will be accepted into the major.

Transferring students and students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examination should contact the department before taking any language or literature course, since some of the requirements for the major may be waived.

Italian

A student majoring in Italian has two major options: 

Italian Studies

  1. All required courses: 305, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
  2. Two Italian courses from 304, 309, 315, 316, 320, and 321. If thesis requirement is not met, one additional Italian course.
  3. Electives: Four courses chosen from at least one, but not more than two, disciplines (art history, cinema, classics, history, international relations, linguistics, music). All courses must be directly relevant to Italian cultures and selected in consultation with advisor. Two electives must be at the 300 level; two of these four courses may be 300-level Italian courses relevant to the major. For complete list of elective courses, see department. 

Romance Languages (Italian Major; second language focus in French or Spanish)

  1. All required courses: 305, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
  2. Three Italian courses from 304, 309, 315, 316, 320, 321. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Italian course.

Courses for second language focus in FRENCH:

  1. 305 and two French or Francophone culture or literature courses.
  2. Elementary or more advanced Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin.

Courses for the second language focus in SPANISH:

  1. 305 or 312, and two Spanish culture or literature courses.
  2. Elementary or more advanced French, Portuguese, or Latin.
TOTAL: 11–12 units

Distinction is awarded based on senior thesis (432) and departmental work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s should consult both their advisors and the chair of the department for approval of transfer credit. Students must take at least two courses beyond 305, in addition to 431 and 432 (if student is eligible), at Colorado College, as well as completing the detailed major requirements described above, to receive an Italian degree from the college. Only two credits from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the major. Students who are not eligible for 432 must take an additional upper-division course to satisfy the 11–12 unit Romance languages Italian major requirement.

Transferring students should contact the department before taking any language or literature course to determine if any transfer credit fulfills major requirements.

Minor

The French Language Minor (6 units beyond FR102)

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 and 102 (2 units) or equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six units, including the following: 201, 202, 305, 306 and two courses at the 300 level. Students who initially place at the 300 level as a result of previous French must complete four CC French courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level French courses must be completed at Colorado College. Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor.

Program Abroad

In addition to the courses taught on the Colorado College campus, the Department of French and Italian sponsors a semester program in France during Blocks 5-8 with a ten-day orientation in Paris during half-block.  The program is open to all students who have completed French 102 or the equivalent, or have the consent of the program directors.  See the department for a full description of the program.

Italian Language Minor (6 units beyond IT102)

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 and 102 (2 units) or equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: 201, 202, 305, and three additional courses from 304, 306, 309, 315, 316, 320, 321. Students who initially place at the 300 level as a result of previous Italian must complete four CC Italian courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Italian courses must be completed at Colorado College. Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor.