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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures

French - Gargoyle Fountain


Course Descriptions

This is a general guide to the courses available in French. Courses may change over time, and some courses are not available some quarters. For the most up-to-date listing of available courses, log on to PioneerWeb and view course schedules.

FREN 1001, 1002, 1003 Français élémentaire (4 qtr. hrs. each)
Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary with emphasis on oral skills; introduction to French and Francophone cultures. Three quarter sequence.

FREN 2001, 2002, 2003 Français du deuxième degree (4 qtr. hrs. each)
Grammatical structures, conversation and reading of cultural and literary materials. Three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1003 or equivalent.

FREN 2010 Culture contemporaine: La France (4 qtr. hrs.)
What political, economic, social and cultural/ethnic forces shape contemporary French society? The course is based on class discussion of assigned textbook readings. Current issues are explored with the help of the Internet. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 or equivalent and one course above that level.

FREN 2100 Ecrire, lire et parler (4 qtr. hrs.)
Writing, discussion and reading based on a topic or topics in French and Francophone cultures. Close attention paid to paper-writing skills. Prerequisite: FREN 2003 or equivalent.

FREN 2200 Le Monde du travail (4 qtr. hrs.)
Study of professional and commercial culture in France and within the European Union, along with socio-cultural issues and concerns relative to 21st-century work environment. Development of proficiency in work-related vocabulary, communication skills, as well as sensitivity to work-life balance; class, gender, and ethnicity issues in the workplace. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and one course above that level.

FREN 2400 Conversation et composition (4 qtr. hrs.)
Intensive practice in spoken and written French. All aspects of the course, including vocabulary acquisition, phonetics, structural review, compositions, readings, oral presentations and comprehension exercises are presented through a topical approach to everyday French and Francophone life, literature, and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: FREN 2003 or equivalent.

FREN 2500 Introduction à la littérature (4 qtr. hrs.)
Introduction to critical analysis and appreciation of literary texts in French. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and one course above that level.

FREN 2601 La Nature el l'Enviornnement (4 qtr. hrs.)
What does French literature have to say about nature? When was the first poem lamenting the loss of a forest written in France? How are novelists today responding to and imagining our changing environment? While serving as an introduction to French literature, this course focuses on themes related to nature, the environment, and humanity’s ways of understand and relating to them. The readings may include nature poetry, works of fiction in which the natural world strongly influences its human inhabitants, or futuristic fictional worlds in which the normal places occupied by humans and animals seem to be confused or upended. This course many be taken in addition to other courses in the 25-series. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Prerequisite: FREN 2400 or its equivalent.

FREN 2701 Sujets spéciaux (4 qtr. hrs.)
Selected topics in French or Francophone literature and or culture. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and one course above that level.

FREN 2997 Internship Abroad (1 to 4 qtr. hrs.)
A business or community experience related to French language or culture. Opportunity to work with business or community organizations. Prerequisite: FREN 2003 or above.

FREN 3010 Civilisation française (4 qtr. hrs.)
Study of cultural achievements and mores of France and French-speaking world from origins to present. Prerequisites: FREN 2300 and two courses above that level.

FREN 3110 La Grammaire à l'oeuvre (4 qtr. hrs.)
Our most advanced language course, students perfect their knowledge of French grammar in all of its intricacies. Written and oral practice. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and two courses above that level.

FREN 3150 L'Art de la traduction: français-anglais et vice versa (4 qtr. hrs.)
This course is an introduction to the art of translating transposing a given text from one language into another without betraying the author›s original intent. We read, analyze and discuss in class contemporary literary and journalistic texts originally written in French, and we translate them into English. We, as well, do the same with texts originally written in English. We also read together, analyze, and discuss in class theoretical texts on the art and techniques of translating. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and two courses above that level.

FREN 3400 Siècle de Louis XIV (4 qtr. hrs.)
Classical tragedy and comedy, poets and moralists. Prerequisite: FREN 2500 or equivalent.

FREN 3500 Voltaire et Rousseau (4 qtr. hrs.)
French Enlightenment including Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau. Prerequisite: FREN 2500 or equivalent.

FREN 3603 Civilisation - Sujets spéciaux (4 Credits) An intensive analysis of French Society and its cultural manifestations in arts and letters in the seventeenth century. Prerequisite: FREN 2400.

FREN 3701 Séminaire (4 qtr. hrs.)
Selected authors, literary movements and genres in French-speaking world. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.

FREN 3810 Littérature francophone I (4 qtr. hrs.)
Literatures of French expression from Africa, the Caribbean, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.

FREN 3851 Auteures françaises (4 qtr. hrs.)
Leading women writers and development of feminism in France from Middle Ages to present. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.

FREN 3890 Théâtre contemporain (4 qtr. hrs.)
Development of modern theatre in the contemporary French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.

FREN 3980 Internship (1 to 4 qtr. hrs.)

FREN 3991 Independent Study (1 to 4 qtr. hrs.)

FREN 3998 Undergraduate Honors Thesis (1 to 4 qtr. hrs.)