Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

PPCC’s foreign language programs are built around the standards put forth by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). ACTFL establishes a framework guiding the standards of foreign language study. When you study French, you will communicate with others in French, both in and out of the classroom. You will learn about and experience other cultures, make connections between your target language and other disciplines, make comparisons between your native culture/language and the target language and culture; and become active in communities of the language you are learning. The AA degree with designation in French includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA degree) in French or any other discipline. An AA degree with designation in French may be a good beginning to any four-year degree as it is a valuable enhancement to any Bachelor’s degree program. All four-year universities in Colorado now have a minimum foreign language requirement as part of admission. Foreign language study is compatible with all other disciplines, especially law enforcement, health professions, education, social and behavioral sciences, business, journalism and art history.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) credit hours

FRE 211

French Language III: AH4


FRE 212

French Language IV: AH4


  • GT - One additional GT Pathways course (AH1, AH2, AH3)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)
  • CSU-Ft. Collins requires two non-US history courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2)

Additional Required Courses

Ten (10) credit hours

FRE 111

French Language I


FRE 112

French Language II


FRE 111 and/or FRE 112 may be waived, based on a student’s proficiency level.

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.


Nineteen (19) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list. Suggested courses include 200-level French courses and courses outside the Foreign Language department with content relating to the French-speaking world.

PLEASE NOTE: it is recommended, but not required, that a student take either COM 115 or COM 125.

Total Credit Hours