CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed
101 Introductory French I (4)
A basic course designed to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and an awareness of francophone culture.
102 Introductory French II (4)
(PR: FREN 101 or placement) A continuation of FREN 101.
151 Accelerated Introductory French (4)
An accelerated course for students with previous study of French. Continues the development of fundamental skills with an emphasis on speaking and comprehension. Credit cannot be received for both FREN 151 and 102.
201 Intermediate French I (3)
(PR: FREN 102, 151, or placement) A study of French civilization with grammar review, pronunciation, and aural comprehension practice.
202 Introduction to French Studies (3)
(PR: FREN 201 or POI) This course explores the various cultural artifacts of France and francophone nations from the past and the present day, focusing specifically on those artifacts that speak to traditional—or imagined—notions of “Frenchness” in and outside of France. Drawing from a wide variety of areas such as literature, history, cinema, popular music, fashion, gastronomy, sports, and the media, students will be asked to understand, interpret, and analyze the ways in which France has had to re-define what it means to be French in the global, multicultural realities of the 21st century. Assignments will focus on strengthening the student’s oral and written skills in the target language.
258 Special Topics (1-6)
Special topics courses are those that cover subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. A special topics course must have the prior approval of the department and the Provost and may be offered twice. Students may enroll in and receive credit for an unlimited number of special topic courses as long as any prerequisites or other requirements are met.
301 Advanced French Composition and Conversation I (3)
(PR: FREN 202) An advanced course designed to develop oral and written proficiency in French. Continues the acquisition of language skills through discussions, oral presentations, and essays based on readings about contemporary France.
302 Advanced French Composition and Conversation II (3)
(PR: FREN 301) A continuation of FREN 301.
322 Introduction to French Cinema (3)
(PR: FREN 202 or POI ● XL: FILM 322) A survey of the history of French cinema from the silent era to the present day. Important genres, theories, and techniques from all periods will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the most representative French cinematographic schools and auteurs throughout history, including Truffaut and the nouvelle vague and Malle and the cinéma engagé.
333 Introduction to Literary Appreciation (3)
(PR: FREN 301 and 302) An introduction to the vocabulary and techniques of literary criticism and to the nature of the main literary movements.
343 French Apprenticeship (3)
(PR: FREN 302 and consent of the department) Students observe beginning language classes and eventually teach segments of the course and prepare audio-visual materials and tests under the close supervision of the first-year teacher.
391 Advanced Grammar and Phonetics (3)
(PR: 3 hrs at 300 level) A study of French grammar, syntax, and phonetics designed to address the difficulties encountered by the advanced students seeking to perfect their mastery of the language. (Alternate years)
398 Honors Research (3-6)
(CO: FREN 440) Departmental Honors: Students with a 3.20 GPA in all courses and a 3.40 GPA in all courses in the major field may, with the approval of departmental faculty, undertake an honors research program during the junior and/or senior years. This program must include a senior thesis or project of exceptional quality and an oral defense of the paper or project before departmental members. This defense is to be open to the College community, and honors students will participate in all other defenses within their discipline. Students who successfully complete the departmental honors research program will graduate with honors in the major field.
401 French Literature before 1600 (3)
(PR: FREN 333) A survey of French literature in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. (Alternate years)
402 17th Century French Literature (3)
(PR: FREN 333) An examination of French classicism and the relationship of literature to painting, architecture and music. (Alternate years)
403 18th Century French Literature (3)
(PR: FREN 333) The history of the Enlightenment in France through the works of Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau and Beaumarchais. (Alternate years)
404 19th Century French Literature (3)
(PR: FREN 333) A study of the major literary movements in France during the 19th century including romanticism, realism, symbolism, and naturalism. (Alternate years)
405 Contemporary French Drama and Poetry (3)
(PR: FREN 333) A survey of representative modern French poetry and theatre. (Alternate years)
406 French Novel: 20th Century (3)
(PR: FREN 333) A study of major authors and new developments in the novel during the 20th century. (Alternate years)
410 French Civilization (3)
(PR: 3 hrs at 300 level) A study of French civilization from prehistoric times to the present with emphasis on geography, history, social structure, and artistic contributions of the society. (Alternate years)
440 Senior Capstone in French (1)
(PR: JR or SR status) The Senior Capstone in French assesses overall knowledge of the French language and the culture and civilization of the French-speaking world. As a form of summative assessment of oral and written skills in the French language, the capstone project integrates communicative, linguistic, and intercultural competence.
442 Directed Study in French (3-9)
(PR: French majors who have completed FREN 301, 302, 333, and at least six additional hours beyond FREN 202) Readings and research on a topic approved by the department. A directed study requires a minimum GPA of 2.25 with course approval by the Provost. A maximum of nine hours credit may be counted towards graduation. Each directed study will culminate in a research paper or its equivalent. A department may, at its option, allow the hours earned in a directed study to count toward its major.
444 Internships (1-6)
446 Readings (1-9)
448 Research (1-9)
450 Seminar (1-9)
452 Special Projects (1-9)
458 Special Topics in French (1-6)
(PR: FREN 202) Directed independent studies in areas of French civilization or foreign language teaching methods on topics approved by the department. Special topics courses are those that cover subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. A special topics course must have the prior approval of the department and the Provost and may be offered twice. Students may enroll in and receive credit for an unlimited number of special topic courses as long as any prerequisites or other requirements are met.