French Course Descriptions

Major in French

A major in French consists of the completion of 11 units above the 202 level in this language. Majors must complete one period of study abroad. A major must be enrolled in at least two one-unit courses in French during the senior year. Appropriate periods of study abroad include an Intensive Learning or May Term travel course, a summer, semester, or year abroad with a department-approved program such as ISEP, CREPUQ, or another university-sponsored program.

Majors must take:
One language course from the following:
French 300
French 301
French 303

One composition course from the following:
French 302
French 304

One civilization and culture course from the following:
French 311
French 312
French 313
French 315

A total of four literature courses; that is, a minimum of one course from four of any of the five periods of literature listed below:

1. Middle Ages: 421
2. Renaissance: 431, 420
3. 17th and 18th Centuries: 441
4. 19th Century: 420, 451
5. 20th Century: 461, 462

In addition, majors must take four French electives to be selected from the courses listed above or from any of the other 300 and 400 level French courses or Linguistics 320. However, no more than two courses taught in English may be applied toward the major.

Students who study abroad should select, in consultation with their advisors, appropriate substitutes for these requirements. With department approval, French 380 and 480 and 406 may count as courses for the above periods if appropriate to the literary period. French 420 may be counted for only one period of literature. Note that French 201 and 202 or their equivalent are prerequisites for all advanced courses in French.

Two 300-level courses are recommended before taking any 400-level literature course. The linguistics course taught in English (Linguistics 320) may be counted towards the major.

It is suggested that majors interested in:
a) French studies in graduate school take French 301, 302, 311, 312, 315, and one literature course from each of the five periods of literature, and acquire a working knowledge of a second foreign language;

b) Teaching French take French 341, French 301, 302, 303, 304, 311, 312 or 315, and enough courses in another subject or a second foreign language to meet licensure requirements in a second area;

c) Business or international diplomacy take French 300, 301, 303, 304, 311 and/or 312 or 315, 330, Business Administration 211, and Political Science 231.

Minor in French

A minor in French consists of six units, including:
French 201 and 202, or two elective units
French 300 or 301 or 303
French 302 or 304
French 311 or 312 or 313 or 315
And one course to be selected from any French course numbered at the 300 or 400 level.

101, 102 Elementary French I, II
A study of the fundamentals with emphasis on pronunciation and aural comprehension. Oral and written work. Reading of selected materials. (1, 1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 1 hr/wk.
Prerequisite: FREN 101, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for 102.

150 Elementary French Review
A one semester review of the essentials of French grammar and basic vocabulary to promote listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is on developing conversational skills and cultural awareness to handle topics of everyday life in French. This course is designed for students who have studied French previously, but lack sufficient preparation to enter French 201. Credit cannot be received for both FREN 102 and FREN 150. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 1 hr./wk.
Prerequisite: FREN 101 or its equivalent.

201, 202 Intermediate French I, II
A review of grammar. Selected reading, conversation, culture and composition. (1, 1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 1 hr/wk.
Prerequisite: No prerequisite for FREN 201, but previous study of a modern language is recommended; FREN 201 or equivalent is prerequisite to FREN 202.

NOTE: For any course above the 202 level, FREN 201-202 or the equivalent is a prerequisite. All 300 and 400 level courses are taught in French unless specifically noted otherwise. No more than two courses taught in English may be applied toward the major. The following are taught in French:

300 French Conversation I
A review of the fundamentals of speaking, listening comprehension, and reading for conversational models, with an emphasis on current, everyday speech. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory 1 hr/wk.

301 French Conversation II
Improving oral proficiency and listening comprehension skills using contemporary media sources. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 1 hr/wk.

302 French Composition
Improving command of grammar and writing skills, vocabulary building, and study of idiomatic expressions through selected readings. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 1 hr/wk.

303 Oral Expression and Phonetics
Theory and practice of pronunciation. Systemic analysis of the sounds of French and the techniques to produce them accurately through intonation patterns, phonetic transcription and oral practice. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 1 hr/wk.

304 The Structure of Modern French
Study of the forms and syntax of French. Perfecting skills in grammar, composition and translation. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

311 Building a Nation: French Civilization and Culture I
The civilization and cultural development of France from the beginning to the French Revolution. Attention is paid to the language, daily life, customs, art, and music of the country. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

312 A Nation Emerges: French Civilization and Culture II
The civilization and cultural development of France from the time of the French Revolution to the 21st century. Attention is paid to the language, daily life, customs, art, and music of the country. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

313 French Life and Culture
Panorama of the life of French-speaking people. Topics include contemporary life, customs, cuisine, government; artistic, intellectual, and cultural achievements. (Course is normally taught abroad and may be taught in English or French.) (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

315 Francophone Societies
A study of political, economic, social, literary, and cultural issues in selected contemporary Francophone societies. Three French-speaking countries, selected from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, will be studied in depth. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory work.

330 Technical and Business French
A study of French technical and business vocabulary, as well as the proper forms of correspondence; practical experience in translating letters and other business documents. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Computer work.

341 Methods of Teaching French
An evaluative study of language teaching methods. Development of teaching aids and a teacher's resource book. PreK-12 levels of instruction will be presented. Assignments will be completed in French. (1) Taught in English.
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: FREN 202. (Cross-listed as LANG 341.)

380 Special Studies in French Language, Literature, and Culture
Study of a special topic, with subject or theme to be determined by the students and faculty member. Course may be taken more than once. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

405, 406 Independent Study
Guided reading and research of a particular facet of French language, literature, or culture. (1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: By permission.

416 Internship
Field placement providing the student with practical experience in work areas in which French is applied. These areas may include embassies, government service, international business, education, industry, and the communications media. (1) May be conducted in French or English.
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Permission.
(Cross-listed as LANG 416.)

420 The French Poetic Tradition
A study of the languages and forms of poetry in French, based on reading and analysis of selected works from major poets and poetic movements in French literary history. This course is designed to enable students to become better readers of French poetry and to gain an understanding and appreciation of some of France's greatest poets. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

421 The Medieval World
Selections from French literature of the Middle Ages, with emphasis on understanding the literary, cultural, and aesthetic trends of the period. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

431 Renaissance Vision and Voices
Selections from French literature of the Renaissance, with emphasis on understanding the literary, cultural, and aesthetic trends of the period. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

441 Political and Civil Order in 17th- and 18th- Century French Literature
Moving from classicism and the Age of Absolutism to the Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution, this course studies major French authors of the 17th and 18th centuries in the context of French literary and intellectual history. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

451 Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism in 19th- Century Literature
Readings and discussion of major literary works of the period. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

461 The Modern Novel and Short Story
Major works of the 20th century including such authors as Gide, Camus, Sartre, Robbe-Grillet, and other francophone writers. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

462 From Surrealism to the Absurd in 20th-Century Drama
Reading and discussion of the most important works in this genre of the 20th century, including such authors as Claudel, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco, and Beckett. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

480 Advanced Studies in French Language, Literature, and Culture
Concentrated study of a special topic or theme not normally covered by regular course offerings. Students will be expected to read, write, and carry out research at an advanced level in French. Course may be taken more than once. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: FREN 301 or equivalent.

495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance.

Prerequisite: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the Summer prior to the senior year, must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and Department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. (1/2, 1, 1/2)

 
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