The Department of French and Italian at CUBoulder enjoys a national reputation, and is the only PhD granting department in the Rocky Mountain region. The department offers comprehensive coverage of all areas of French and Francophone literature, and has an outstanding record of placing its MA and PhD recipients in desirable positions of employment. The graduate program typically counts an enrollment of 2025 students, drawn from both the U.S. and several foreign countries, pursuing interests from the middle ages to twentiethcentury and Francophone literatures.
Graduate students are required to take a number of courses outside the department for their degrees, and have wide freedom in choosing these courses. The department also has two yearlong exchange programs in conjunction with French universities. The department, the Center for Humanities and the Arts, the Graduate School and the College of Arts & Sciences all offer many grants and fellowships of various amounts to help fund graduate student travel, conference attendance and research. Entering students are also eligible for a series of fellowships.
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. Students can work in uptodate, wellequipped language laboratories, be videotaped in conversation courses, receive computerassisted instruction at a variety of levels and attend presentations of films, plays and festivals in their chosen foreign language.
The several-million-volume Norlin Library is the largest in the region by far, and the university is a leader in adapting the newest advances in high technology towards teaching and research. The university has recently made a major commitment to the humanities, including the establishment of the new Center for Humanities and the Arts and the construction of a new hightech humanities office and classroom building, which the Department of French and Italian now occupies.
The department provides mandatory seminars on teacher training, and CU-Boulder’s innovative Graduate Teacher Program has been cited as a national model. In addition to teaching workshops, the program offers the chance to be a lead teacher in the department, and for advanced students, provides the opportunity to visit many other campuses in the state to get a better sense of the academic world and job market.