Undergraduate French

Course BoK Description Fall SPG OCC

SPG = Spring

OCC = occasionally

Please note that occasionally some courses, particularly those at the 3000/4000 level, may be offered in a semester other than indicated.

FREN

1001

HU

DC

Basic French I is a first course in a two-course sequence of intensive basic French language and culture: emphasis in speaking, listening, reading, writing and French and francophone cultures. Students learn through communicative activities in the classroom. This course counts toward the foreign language requirement.

Completion of the 1001-1002 sequence fulfills various college language requirements. Students should confirm the language requirement with their home college.

This course offers online sections fall, spring and summer semesters.

 

FREN

1002

HU

DC

Basic French II is a second course in a two-course sequence of intensive basic French language and culture: further emphasis in speaking, listening, reading, writing and French and Francophone cultures. In addition to learning through communicative activities in the classroom, students engage in basic conversation. This course fulfills the foreign language requirement.

Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or FREN 1012

Completion of the 1001-1002 sequence fulfills various college language requirements. Students should confirm the language requirement with their home college

This course offers online sections fall, spring and summer semesters.

 

FREN

1011

HU

DC

Extended Basic French I is the first course of a four-course sequence of basic French language and culture.  Students learn basic speaking, listening, reading and writing at a more relaxed pace than in the intensive basic French sequence. Attention is also paid to communicative, contextualized learning in the classroom. This course counts toward the foreign language requirement.

Completion of the 1011 through 1014 sequence fulfills various college language requirements. Students should confirm the language requirement with their home college.

   

FREN

1012

HU

DC

Extended Basic French II is the second course of a four-course sequence of basic French language and culture.  Students learn basic speaking, listening, reading and writing at a more relaxed pace than in the intensive basic French sequence. Students actively learn through communicative activities in the classroom. Increasing attention is paid to basic conversational skills. This course counts toward the foreign language requirement.

Prerequisite: FREN 1011

Completion of the 1011 through 1014 sequence fulfills various college language requirements. Students should confirm the language requirement with their home college.

   

FREN

1013

HU

DC

Extended Basic French III is the third course of a four-course sequence of basic French language and culture.  Students continue to learn basic speaking, listening, reading and writing at a more relaxed pace than in the intensive basic French sequence. Students actively learn through communicative activities in the classroom. Increasing attention is paid to basic conversational skills and cultural awareness. This course counts toward the foreign language requirement.

 
Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or FREN 1012

Completion of the 1011 through 1014 sequence fulfills various college language requirements. Students should confirm the language requirement with their home college.

   

FREN

1014

HU

DC

Extended Basic French IV is the fourth and final course of the four-course sequence of basic French language and culture.  Students learn increasingly complex speaking, writing, listening and reading skills, while at a more relaxed pace than in the intensive basic French sequence. Students actively learn through communicative activities in the classroom. Increasing attention is paid to basic conversational skills and cultural awareness. The successful completion of this course fulfills the foreign language requirement.

Prerequisite: FREN 1013

Completion of the 1011 through 1014 sequence fulfills various college language requirements. Students should confirm the language requirement with their home college

   

FREN

1041

HU

DC

French Literature in Translation is an introduction to French literature. Students will read and analyze a variety of French novels of various centuries. Taught in English.    

FREN

1042

HU

DC

Freshman Seminar: French Topics is the study of a selected topic in French and/or francophone literature and culture. An introduction to the topic, its theoretical implications, and the most important representations will be provided. Several important cultural aspects will be studied in detail and will be analyzed from the point of view of the topic under study. Topics will vary from term to term.  

FREN

1056

HU

DC

French and Francophone Road Movies: From the "road trip" to economic migration, this course will explore how the road movie, a genre with roots in American culture, has been adapted by filmmakers in the contemporary French-speaking world. In Europe the road movie increasingly offers nuanced perspectives on contemporary France's position vis-à-vis its former colonies, a new "borderless" European Union and the rest of the World. Students will be introduced to the cinema and landscape of France and the Francophone world. The course also provides students with the basic critical tools necessary to understand and discuss cinema as an art form. Taught in English and open to all students.    

FREN

1081

HU

DC

France World Cultures, taught in English, is about the country of France and the French-speaking people that inhabit that country.  The course is an opportunity to explore the nation, its culture, civilization and language using historical and contemporary texts about France and the French people.    

FREN

1082

HU

DC

Francophone World Cultures, taught in English, about the areas in the world where French is spoken (outside of France).  The course explores the Francophone world as a contemporary political and cultural influence and as an historical force, using historical and contemporary texts about the Francophone world.    

FREN

1083

HU

DC

French Revolution examines the French Revolution as central to the development of French identity. Students study the basic themes, events, concepts, and interpretations of French modernization through the lens of the Revolution of 1789 and its subsequent impact upon France and the world.    

FREN

1085

HU

DC

French Civilization I explores the narrative of Western Civilization through a presentation of French tradition from pre-history to the Age of Enlightenment. The course will examine events and leading figures that helped establish France as a political and cultural super power in Europe.  French Civilization I will cover France's cultural impact on its European neighbors and the world with an emphasis on its contributions to literature, arts, architecture, and philosophy.    

FREN

1086

HU

DC

French Civilization II continues the exploration of the narrative of Western Civilization by surveying the course of French culture and history from the French Revolution to present time. The course will examine France's contributions to the arts, literature, architecture, and philosophy and investigate how world events and conflicts in France herself have re-shaped the course of French civilization.    

FREN

1087

HU

DC

French Cuisine will explore the culture and identity of France and francophone countries through their culinary history. By reading and studying a wide array of documents about the gastronomy of French-speaking countries, students will gain a deep knowledge and understanding of cultural identity. This course will be taught in English.    

FREN

2015

HU

DC

French Composition and Conversation I is the first in a two-course sequence of second year French. In this course students develop and expand on basic linguistic forms and functions. First year skills are deepened and applied to the development of conversation and composition in French in order to develop communicative competence. The cultural component of this course is treated in an increasingly sophisticated way through student exploration in writing as well as through oral performance.

Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or FREN 1014

 

FREN

2016

HU

DC

French Composition and Conversation II is the second in a two-course sequence of second year French. In this course students build on their knowledge and use of previously learned linguistic forms and functions. Students advance in their comprehension, reading, writing, and oral production skills. Activities, readings, and writing assignments become more elaborate. Compositions become longer and oral presentations become more specific and formal. The cultural component of this course is treated in an increasingly sophisticated way through student analysis in writing as well as through oral performance.

Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or FREN 1014

 

FREN

3001

HU

DC

French Grammar and Composition is aimed at intermediate French students and is intended to broaden students' knowledge of French and Francophone culture as well as teach and develop grammar and vocabulary necessary for good writing in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 2016

Required for both the French major and minor.

   

FREN

3002

HU

DC

Speaking in French about France/Francophone Culture is aimed at intermediate French students and is intended to broaden students' knowledge of French and Francophone culture as well as teach and develop vocabulary and pronunciation necessary for good oral communication.

Prerequisite: FREN 2016

Required for the French major.

   

FREN

3011

  French Phonetics: Fundamental linguistic analysis of French sounds, intonation patterns, linking of words, and levels of speech.  French Phonetics prepares students to effectively interact with French and Francophone speakers and develop proficiency in French conversation and playful uses of language.    

FREN

3021

HU

DC

Business French I is the first part of a two-part sequence. This course provides a foundation and practice in language skills and vocabulary needed to conduct business in the French world. An overview of basic business and cultural concepts including political, economic, social and cultural factors which affect business in the French speaking world will be explored.  Students will produce and edit business documents such as letters, job applications, formal reports, etc.

Required for the Business French Certificate

   

FREN

3022

HU

DC

Business French II is the second course in a two-part sequence. Business French II continues to provide a foundation and practice in language skills and vocabulary needed to conduct business in the French world. In addition to an overview of basic business and cultural concepts, this course will explore French for managing and investing money and conducting business affairs.  Vocabulary used in publicity, stock exchange, and insurance and investment business will be emphasized.

Required for the Business French Certificate

   

FREN

3031

  French Culture Through Film Introduces students to contemporary French cinema and theories of film studies. Students will view, review, and discuss modern French and francophone films.  Taught in French.    

FREN

3032

  Paris The City from Gothic to Modern Times: The city of Paris, the "City of Light," is perhaps the most well-known city in the world. Why are people attracted to Paris? Where does the reputation of Paris come from?  In this course, students have the opportunity to explore the city of Paris using historical and literary sources and contemporary media.  Students will develop insights into physical and cultural development of the city and the nature of travel to a city such as Paris. Students are exposed to the tools necessary to explore the city in person or from afar. Students will also view films with Paris as both setting and subject. Taught in English.    

FREN

3033

  Montreal: A seminar, taught in English, that explores Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the second largest French speaking city in the world. This course will be an interdisciplinary study of the art, literature, architecture, and culture of Montreal.    

FREN

3034

  Africa in Pictures and Film: How has North and West Africa been depicted from the 1830s (when Algiers under the Ottoman Empire's rule was conquered by the royal French navy) to nowadays? After we analyze representations used to promote colonialism (i.e., drawings, photographs), we analyze documentaries, and movies made by African filmmakers (Sembène, Mambéty, Cissé, Ouedraogo, Sissoko, Kaboré, Teno, Allouache, Raja Amari, Djebar, Boucharef, Amaouche. Taught in English.    

FREN

3041

 

Introduction to French Literature provides a panoramic examination of the most representative literary movements and styles of French and Francophone literature. This course also introduces students to basic techniques of literary analysis, while covering a broad range of historical periods and major genres.

Required for both the French major and minor.

   

FREN

3042

  Modern French Literature introduces the students to 19th - and 20th -century French authors through readings around a theme, with attention to the authors' vocabulary, style, and place in world literature.    

FREN

3043

  Medieval-Renaissance French Literature introduces students to French texts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, including poetry, epic poetry, tales and historical documents.  Literature that is a part of French and world history and tradition is read closely and analyzed.    

FREN

3044

  Survey of 17th and 18th   Century French Literature is a survey of 17th - and 18th -century French literature. Students will read a selection of canonical works from the period, examine their context, and practice techniques of close reading and literary analysis.    

FREN

3081

 

France Today, conducted in French, is an introduction to the culture of contemporary France. It examines the persistence of "Frenchness," the result of state-coordinated institutional, social, and political policies since the 19th century.

   

FREN

3082

  Francophone World will explore various French-speaking countries, including French-speaking Africa. Many aspects of Francophone cultures, including art, music, cooking, cinema, health, history, economy, politics, and literature will be examined.   This course is taught in French.    

FREN

3083

  Francophone Culture: Caribbean will explore various French-speaking Caribbean countries. Many aspects of Caribbean cultures will be examined, including colonialism, slavery, post-colonialism, economic dependency, migration, racial tensions, gender inequalities, and cultural hybridity, as well as art, literature, music, etc.    

FREN

3084

  Francophone Culture: Canada will deal with French-speaking Canada, a continental culture alive in North America. Many aspects of the French heritage and Quebec culture will be examined, including art, music, cooking, cinema, health, history, economy, politics, and literature.    

FREN

3085

  Francophone Cultures: Africa will explore various French-speaking countries on the African continent. Many aspects of African cultures will be examined, including art, music, cooking, cinema, health, history, economy, politics, and literature. Students will discover the multiple facets of African Francophone cultures.  Taught in French.    

FREN

4001

 

Advanced French Grammar and Composition is designed to help students improve their written French and understanding of French grammar. Among other things, the class will study grammar, stylistics, and strategies for using bilingual dictionaries, but the emphasis of the course will be on how to write well in various "genres" - description, arguments, narrative, et cetera.

Required for the French major.

   

FREN

4002

  Advanced French Conversation aims to help students improve French speaking and communicative skills by exposing them to new vocabulary, contemporary issues and debates in France and Francophone countries, and a variety of written and oral materials. In this course, which is conducted entirely in French, students learn to communicate and exchange ideas in a "real" French immersion context.    

FREN

4008

  French - English Translation is designed to help students improve their French, master the ability to translate effectively between French and English, and gain an appreciation of the complexity of translation in general. The focus of the class is written translation rather than "real-time" oral translation. Knowledge of both French and English is required.    

FREN

4029

  Queer Francophone Literature and Culture will focus on a wide array of 20th- and 21st-century Francophone texts and films that feature "queer" themes and protagonists. One important objective of this course is to explore how issues of sexuality and sexual orientation have prominently figured in Francophone literature and culture from various parts of the world such as Europe, Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean. Another related objective is to examine how the treatment of such issues by writers and filmmakers has fostered a specific aesthetics that has significantly shaped and influenced Francophone literature and cinema. Students will be expected to read texts and watch movies, to do in class-presentations, to write reflective papers, and to produce a final research paper. This course is taught in English.    

FREN

4041

 

Topics in French Literature and Culture An intensive study of a selected topic in French literature and culture. An introduction to the topic, its theoretical implications, and the most important representations will be provided. Several important literary and cultural artifacts will be studied in detail and will be analyzed from the point of view of the topic under study.

This course is repeatable; the topic changes with each offering.

   

FREN

4042

  Topics in Francophone Literature and Culture offer an intensive study of a selected topic in Francophone literature and culture. An introduction to the topic, its theoretical implications, and the most important representations will be provided. Several important literary and cultural artifacts will be studied in detail and will be analyzed from the point of view of the topic under study.    

FREN

5001

 

French Capstone is the final component of the General Education Requirement. It allows the student to explore a topic of interest and demonstrate a synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired in the study of French. The capstone, while having a writing component, can have a varied format including performance and/or art. The student develops the project in consultation with a faculty mentor, after receiving prior approval of the faculty advisor and the Undergraduate Director.

Required of all French majors.

 

FREN

5011

  Independent Study in French is guided individual research or study and readings on a topic pre-arranged with a professor and approved by the director of undergraduate studies.