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French Courses

FREN 1014 French I: The Personal World
An introduction to French through exploration of the student’s immediate world, developing student proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By the end of the course students will be able to ask for and give information; express their wants, needs, abilities, and obligations; describe people, places, and things in their surroundings; write a basic letter in the language; and give in some detail a report of their typical activities. Laboratory required.

FREN 1024 French II: The French Speaking World
An extension of French I that moves beyond the student’s personal experiences toward an increased linguistic and social awareness of French-speaking cultures. By the end of the course students will be able to narrate past events, demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of the French-speaking world, and formulate briefly a position on an issue treated in the course. Prerequisite: FREN 1014 or equivalent proficiency. Laboratory required.

FREN 1034 French III: Topical Issues
An extension of French II that offers a more in-depth look at current issues in French-speaking cultures. Religions, ethnic groups, and demographic patterns will be explored, as will other concerns such as the environment and the economy. Material will include literary texts, films, and productions in the fine arts. Students will give oral and written reports, refute and support positions taken on specific issues, and suggest and negotiate compromises. Prerequisite: FREN 1024 or equivalent proficiency. Laboratory required.

FREN 2001 Practicum in French
The practical application of French language and/or research skills in education, law, business, art, medicine, or other areas. Students devise projects under the direction of the instructor to integrate practical applications to their particular area of interest. Examples are: creative writing projects, practice of foreign language teaching methodologies, or an internship in a local organization where French language and/or translation skills are required. (1/4 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

FREN 2002 Practicum in French
The practical application of French language and/or research skills in education, law, business, art, medicine, or other areas. Students devise projects under the direction of the instructor to integrate practical applications to their particular area of interest. Examples are: creative writing projects, practice of foreign language teaching methodologies, or an internship in a local organization where French language and/or translation skills are required. (1/2 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

FREN 2003 Practicum in French
The practical application of French language and/or research skills in education, law, business, art, medicine, or other areas. Students devise projects under the direction of the instructor to integrate practical applications to their particular area of interest. Examples are: creative writing projects, practice of foreign language teaching methodologies, or an internship in a local organization where French language and/or translation skills are required. (3/4 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

FREN 2004 Practicum in French
The practical application of French language and/or research skills in education, law, business, art, medicine, or other areas. Students devise projects under the direction of the instructor to integrate practical applications to their particular area of interest. Examples are: creative writing projects, practice of foreign language teaching methodologies, or an internship in a local organization where French language and/or translation skills are required. (1 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

FREN 2014 Advanced French Grammar and Composition
A gateway course for students continuing in advanced-level French courses. Designed for students to become more proficient in five key areas of language acquisition (speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture), the course provides a thorough review that consists of grammar-based activities in a variety of contexts and language functions. Special attention will also be paid to writing in French: understanding different modes of expression (exposition, narration, description, argumentation) and writing effectively (coherent discourse, lexical flexibility, rhetoric, and style). Prerequisite: FREN 1034. IV

FREN 2014 French Grammar and Expression
One of two non-sequential gateway courses leading to advanced studies in French (3000 level courses). This course refines grammatical competencies and sharpens oral expression in French. Through the study of how texts communicate sophisticated ideas, students investigate grammatical, syntactical, and lexical strategies. By surveying different forms of expression (including literary, historical, cinematic, artistic) as well as current media (newscasts, newspapers and magazines, web sites, blogs, videos, etc.) students practice grammar and idiomatic usage while making connections between culture and language. Writing assignments include le résumé, le compte rendu, and le portrait. Students will also practice phonetics to support enhanced fluency and precision in oral expression. Prerequisite:FREN 1034. IV

FREN 2024 French Conversation
Develops students’ proficiency in French by focusing on oral communication skills. The course will be structured around topics of everyday interest in French and Francophone cultures. The course is designed to allow for student-led discussions and small group work with clearly defined communicative goals. To this end, students will work on exercises in conversational French that include the use of idiomatic expressions, phonetics, and grammar. Prerequisite: FREN 1034. IV; V

FREN 2034 French Society and Culture
Examines the cultural, social, and political transformations of French society and culture over the centuries by exploring developments from a number of vantage points (family, religion, values, leisure, social classes, etc.). Topics include political regimens (Empire, Monarchy, Republic), historical figures (Jeanne D’Arc, Louis XIV, Napoléon, De Gaulle), history of ideas (humanism, enlightenment, socialism, fascism, existentialism), and artistic movements (baroque, classicism, realism, symbolism, post-modernism). Prerequisite: FREN 1034. III B or IV

FREN 2054 Introduction to French Literature
Introduces students to the history of French literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on reading major works in French within their historical and cultural context. In addition, students will acquire a critical vocabulary for analyzing literary texts. Special attention will be paid to close readings of texts (poetry, theater, and the novel) and different approaches such as résumé de texte, explication de texte, commentaire composé, and dissertation explicative. IV; V

FREN 2074 French Literature in Translation
Material is chosen according to period, genre, or topic, and varies from year to year. Course subtitle reflects the particular material chosen and is announced in advance. May be repeated if course subtitle is different. Does not count toward the major or minor pattern. No prerequisites. Taught in English. II Humanities or IV

FREN 2294 Special Topics
Study of an area involving the language, literature, or culture not fully treated in other French courses. Topics change and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: FREN 1034 or equivalent proficiencies unless specific description states otherwise. IV

FREN 3014 Independent Study and Research
May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

FREN 3094 French Business Culture
An introduction to the French-speaking business world and to its very specific language, this course provides mastery of the fundamental vocabulary, expressions, and cultural practices required to communicate in a variety of business situations. Topics include banking, commerce, finance, the economy, business correspondence, and job interviewing skills. The course does not presume prior knowledge of business principles. Prerequisite: FREN 2014. IV; V

FREN 3144 Medieval and Renaissance French Lit: Fin’ amor and Humanism
A study of French literature in its historical context, from its origins to the reign of Henri IV. The course encompasses the courtly love tradition, sacred and profane theater, courtly and bourgeois realism, and humanist thought. Works and authors studied may include the chanson de geste, the troubadours, Chrétien de Troyes, Christine de Pizan, Villon, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, the poets of the Pléiade, and Montaigne. Prerequisites: FREN 2014 and 2054. IV; V

FREN 3204 French Literature of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Order, Reason, and Revolution
An exploration of the century of Louis XIV and of the Age of Enlightenment. Using literary texts, film, music, and visual arts, this course will view baroque art and literature, classicism and Versailles, the esprit critique of moralist and philosophical writers, and libertine thought. Authors may include Corneille, Racine, Molière, Madame de La Fayette, Descartes, Pascal, Diderot, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Laclos. Prerequisite: FREN 2014 or 2054. IV; V

FREN 3304 Studies in Genre
A study of the formal elements that constitute genre: its textual components and its historical and literary manifestations. Each time the course is offered, a particular genre is analyzed exclusively, alternately French poetry, theater, and novel. In French poetry, the course will focus on poetic forms and versification through the Troubadors, Villon, the Pléiade, romantics, symbolists, and modern free verse. In French theater, the course will emphasize analysis through performance as it traces theater’s origins in medieval liturgical drama and follows with Molière, Racine, Corneille, Beaumarchais, and the Theatre of the Absurd. In the French novel, the course will trace the evolution from early forms of novelistic writing such as the epistolary novel through the great literary movements of the nineteenth century (realism, romanticism, naturalism) up to the modern novel. Prerequisite: FREN 2014. IV; V

FREN 3324 French Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Experiment and Unrest
This course will address the individual’s relation to society and the arts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as it is revealed through representative works of literature, music, and film. The literature of the time reflects French history in its fragmentation and upheaval, but attempts to impose order through the redefinition of traditional literary genres. A study of the Romantic poets, the Naturalist writers, Surrealist theater, Existentialist essays, and the Nouveau Roman will highlight the more successful forms of artistic experimentation. Prerequisite: FREN 2014 or 2054. IV; V

FREN 3344 French Cinema Culture
Through a study of French films from the 1890s to the present, this course examines the role of cinema in a social-historical context and provides an in-depth analysis of cinematic ’language.’ Since French cinema evolved as both an art and an industry, particular attention will be paid to questions of narrative, representation, production practices, and reception. Topics include the birth of cinema, the silent era, the avant-garde, poetic realism, cinema of the occupation, the New Wave, contemporary trends, and Francophone world cinemas. Prerequisite: FREN 2014. IV; V

FREN 3404 The Francophone World and Its Literature
Reading and analysis of literary genres through the centuries in the various Francophone countries with an emphasis on twentieth-century literature. Historical background of each country will provide a context for the readings. Prerequisite: FREN 2014 or 2054. III A or IV; V

FREN 3504 Advanced Special Topics
In-depth study of language, literature, or culture not fully treated in other 3000-level courses. Topics change and will be announced in advance; course may focus on a genre, an issue, an author, or a movement. May be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: FREN 2014 or 2054. IV

FREN 4444 Senior Seminar
Designed as the capstone experience for French majors. While focusing on a particular problem, genre, author, or time period, the selection of cultural texts is geared to refine students’ analytical, interpretive, and expressive skills in French. In addition to oral presentation, research, and writing within the sphere of the course topic, students undertake individual projects in their own particular domain of interest in order to integrate their knowledge and experience of French with their future life and career plans. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IV

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