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FREN 1001 Francais elementaire (4 credits)
Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary with emphasis on oral skills; introduction to French and Francophone cultures. First quarter in a three quarter sequence.
FREN 1002 Francais elementaire (4 credits)
Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary with emphasis on oral skills; introduction to French and Francophone cultures. Second quarter in a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or equivalent.
FREN 1003 Francais elementaire (4 credits)
Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary with emphasis on oral skills; introduction to French and Francophone cultures. Third quarter in a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or equivalent.
FREN 2001 Francais du deuxieme degre (4 credits)
Grammatical structures, conversation and reading of cultural and literary materials. First quarter of a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1003 or equivalent.
FREN 2002 Francais du deuxieme degre (4 credits)
Grammatical structures, conversation and reading of cultural and literary materials. Second quarter of a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 2001 or equivalent.
FREN 2003 Francais du deuxieme degre (4 credits)
Grammatical structures, conversation and reading of cultural and literary materials. Third quarter in a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 2002 or equivalent.
FREN 2010 Culture contemporaine (4 credits)
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 2020 Langue, Cltre, Film:L'Identite (4 credits)
This course studies the idea of identity in francophone culture, looking specifically at the relationship of self and others. Five French-language films serve as the basis for oral practice, grammar review, composition and cultural study. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and at least one additional course above that level.
FREN 2021 Langue,Culture,Film:L'Histoire (4 credits)
This course studies the way in which historical films represent both the past and the time period during which they were made. We examine foundational myths of the middle ages, the French Revolution, the Resistance during WWII, the Algerian war and colonialism. Five French-language films serve as the basis for oral practice, grammar review, composition and cultural study. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and at least one additional course above that level.
FREN 2023 Langue, Culture, Film: Paris (4 credits)
This course studies the way in which historical films represent both the past and the time period during which they were made. We examine foundational myths of the Middle Ages, the French Revolution, the Resistance during WWII, the Algerian war, and colonialism. Five French-language films serve as the basis for oral practice, grammar review, composition and cultural study. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and at least one additional course above that level.
FREN 2100 Ecrire, lire et parler (4 credits)
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 credits)
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 credits)
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 a la litterature (4 credits)
Introduction to critical analysis and appreciation of literary texts in French. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and one course above that level.
FREN 2701 Sujets speciaux (4 credits)
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 3010 Civilisation francaise (4 credits)
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 3020 Civilisation - Sujets speciaux (4 credits)
Selected topics in French or Francophone culture. Prerequisites: FREN 2300 and two courses above that level.
FREN 3110 La Grammaire a l'oeuvre (4 credits)
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 (4 credits)
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 Siecle de Louis XIV (4 credits)
Classical tragedy and comedy, poets and moralists. Prerequisite: FREN 2500 or equivalent.
FREN 3500 Voltaire et Rousseau (4 credits)
French Enlightenment including Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau. Prerequisite: FREN 2500 or equivalent.
FREN 3701 Seminaire (4 credits)
Selected authors, literary movements and genres in French-speaking world. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.
FREN 3810 Litterature francophone I (4 credits)
Literatures of French expression from Africa, the Caribbean, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.
FREN 3851 Auteures francaises (4 credits)
Leading women writers and development of feminism in France from Middle Ages to present. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.
FREN 3890 Theatre contemporain (4 credits)
Development of modern theatre in the contemporary French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.