Course Descriptions - French

FREN 1101 Basic French I (3)

FREN 1102 Basic French II (3)

Designed to enable students to achieve a ready comprehension of spoken French, enhancing their appreciation of the language and the cultural aspects of the French-speaking world. After completion of the two semesters, students will have the ability to communicate in simple sentences in French and will obtain considerable ease in understanding and reading the language. Language laboratory required.
Prerequisite: 0-2 years of high school French and permission of instructor

GENERAL EDUCATION HUMANITIES DISCIPLINARY COURSE


FREN 1110-1115 French Abroad Summer Program at Angers, France (6)
A four-week program of intensive practice in spoken and written French at the Centre International d’Etudes françaises de l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. Includes excursions to the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Paris. Open to students with basic or no experience in the language.
Prerequisite: Age 18 or older, regardless of educational affiliation
Travel/learn course


FREN 2101 Intermediate French Grammar: Reading and Writing (3)
Designed to increase proficiency in reading and writing French. Intensive work on correct usage of grammar, diction, and syntax in exercises and short writing assignments. Vocabulary building. Readings focusing on French culture and civilization. Language laboratory required. May be taken concurrently with FREN 2102.
Prerequisite: French 1102, or 3 years of high school French, and permission of the Director of French Studies

FREN 2102 Intermediate French: Conversation (3)
Designed to increase proficiency in aural-oral communication skills and to develop fluency in speaking French.    Vocabulary building, focusing on practical daily conversation (cuisine, travel, careers, student life), and French culture and mores. Language laboratory required. May be taken concurrently with FREN 2102.
Prerequisite: French 1102, or 3 years of high school French, and permission of the Director of French Studies

FREN 2110-2115 French Abroad Summer Program at Angers, France (6)
A four-week program of intensive practice in spoken and written French at the Centre International d’Etudes françaises de l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. Includes excursions to the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Paris.
Prerequisite: One year of college French or equivalent and permission of the Director of French Studies
Travel/learn course


FREN 3100 Advanced French Composition (3)
An intensive review of grammar and study of the problems of written composition in the French language.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 and permission of instructor
WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE


FREN 3105 Advanced French Conversation (3)
Intensive concentration on vocabulary building, pronunciation, diction, phonetics, through oral discussions. Not open to native speakers of French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2102 and permission of instructor

FREN 3110-3115 French Abroad Summer Program at Angers, France (6)
A four-week program of intensive practice in spoken and written French at the Centre International d’Etudes françaises de l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. Includes excursions to the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Paris.
Prerequisite: Two years of college French
Travel/learn course


FREN 3120 French Phonetics (3)
Comprehensive study of French speech sounds, problems of articulation, rhythm, accentuation, and intonation. Intensive language laboratory work. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or FREN 2102 and permission of instructor

FREN 3130 Contemporary Readings in French (3)
Designed to develop the student’s skills in reading French and to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge of contemporary French. Conducted in French.
Prerequisites: FREN 3100 or equivalent and permission of the instructor

FREN 3150 French for Business I (3)

FREN 3155 French for Business II (3)
Introduction to mercantile practices, documents and terminology needed for the successful understanding of business usages of French in France and French-speaking countries. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2102 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4100 French Grammar: Morphology and Syntax (3)
An in-depth study of the morphological and structural features of French grammar with special emphasis on those areas of interference with the English language that present the greatest difficulties to the student of French. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 3100 and permission of instructor

FREN 4105 Translation (French>English>French) (3)
Designed to teach the student the basic techniques of oral, literal and literary translation from French into English and from English into French. Conducted in French and English.
Prerequisite: FREN 3100 and permission of instructor

SURVEY COURSES


FREN 3102 Readings in Francophone Cultures and Civilizations (3)
Interdisciplinary study of fables, beast epics, fairy tales, and folk tales. Discussion of reading selections and analysis of illustrations, musical compositions, and films based on those texts. Focus on increasing proficiency in reading skills, learning grammatical structures of narrative works, and learning about French and francophone culture and civilization.
Prerequisite: 3 or 4 years of high school French; and permission of the Director of French Studies

Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary Concentration


FREN 3200 Masterpieces of French Literature I (3)

FREN 3205 Masterpieces of French Literature II (3)
Reading, interpretation, and analysis of selected texts in French literature, from medieval times to the present. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or FREN 2102 and permission of instructor

FREN 3210 French Civilization I (3)
An illustrated lecture course on the culture and civilization of France from the Middle Ages to modern times. Emphasis on geography, history, arts and letters, economic and social problems, philosophy and education. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 and permission of instructor

FREN 3215 French Civilization II (3)
Continuation of FREN 3210, with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 and permission of instructor

FREN 3501 Francophone Culture and Civilization: Haiti (3)
Haitian civilization: history, religion, government, economics, fine arts, and literature. Haitian culture: customs, cooking, leisure-time activities. French influence on language, ideologies, holidays, and ways of life. Emphasis on the development of reading skills. Course conducted in French. Knowledge of Creole helpful.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 3605 Studies in French Cinema: Thematics (3)
The portrayal of the individual in French society through the examination of select themes in sub-titled French films: city vs. provincial life; war and its aftermath; male/female relationships; coming of age. Examination of French notions of comedy. Conducted in English.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or FREN 2102 and permission of instructor

MAJOR PERIODS


FREN 4300 French Medieval Literature (3)
A study of selected works illustrating the development of French literature from its first manifestations to the fifteenth century. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 210 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4305 French Literature of the Renaissance (3)
A study of selected readings illustrating the evolution of the literary aesthetics of the sixteenth century. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4311 The Classical Age I (3)

FREN 4312 The Classical Age II (3)
A study of the classical literary movement of the seventeenth century and its impact on all subsequent writers. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4315 The Age of Enlightenment (3)
Introduction to eighteenth-century French literature with the emphasis on the participation of Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau in the intellectual and aesthetic currents of the period. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4320 Twentieth Century French Literature I (3)
Introduction to the expression of the various philosophical, religious, and aesthetic tenets in the poetry, plays, and fiction from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of World War II. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4325 Twentieth Century French Literature II (3)
Introduction to existentialist and avant-garde literature. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

GENRE COURSES


FREN 4400 French Dramatic Literature (3)
The major developments of French dramatic literature from its origins to the present time, studied through the most representative plays of the various periods. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor.

FREN 4405 The French Novel (3)
In-depth study and analysis of the narrative techniques and informing ideas of representative novels of the major French literary periods. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4410 The Poetry of France (3)
Study of the form and content of the French poetic tradition. Analysis of selected poems representative of significant formal and thematic developments. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

THEMES


FREN 4600 The Romantic Movement in France (3)
Reading, analysis and interpretation of the poetry, drama, and novel of the pre-romantic and romantic periods. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

FREN 4605 Realism and Naturalism (3)
A study of the movement of ideas, the evolution of literary aesthetics, and the material and scientific progress of French society in the second part of the nineteenth century. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 2101 or equivalent and permission of instructor

SEMINARS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY


FREN 4700 Seminar in French Literature (3)
A carefully delimited, concentrated study of a single author, genre, theme, literary technique or problem as selected by the instructor. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: Nine hours in French literature

Capstone course


FREN 4710 Independent Study in French Language or Literature (3)
The opportunity for students of advanced achievement to pursue in a concentrated, but informal manner a specific area of study in either language or literature that is not available through current course offerings.
Prerequisite: FREN 3100 and permission of instructor

FRENCH COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH (FL)


FL 3100 Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation I (3)

FL 3105 Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation II (3)
A study of the forms of the French novel and drama, represented by such authors as Racine, Molière, Sartre, Beckett, Laclos, Balzac, Proust; ideas expressed in French literature by such writers as Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire, Rousseau, Camus. Conducted in English.
Prerequisite: FREN 1102, ENG 2403, and permission of instructor

FL 3210 Images of Women in French Films (3)
Introduction to the French feminist movement and its influence on contemporary cinema. Analysis of women’s status and roles in society reflected in French films (with English subtitles). Conducted in English.
Prerequisite: FREN 1102, ENG 2403, and permission of instructor

FL 3215 French Literature on Film (3)
Reading of literary works that have served as sources for films and analysis of conventions of their cinematic narrations. French films with English subtitles. Conducted in English.
Prerequisite: FREN 1102, ENG 2403, and permission of instructor

FL 3220 Exploring France (3)
A two- to three-week guided tour through designated regions of France. An opportunity to visit historical sites, monuments and museums, as well as to use the French language. Lectures focusing on the French nationalistic spirit: customs, history, literature, and the fine arts. Itineraries will vary, so students may repeat the course once for credit. Conducted in English.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; minimum age, 18
Travel/learn course

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