School of Humanities and Sciences

French Courses

Unless otherwise specified, all courses will be taught in French.

FREN 10100 - Elementary French I 3A G HU LA

Beginning course. Practice in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing simple idiomatic French in the context of French and francophone cultures. Emphasizes participation and self-expression. Open to students with no previous French, or by placement examination. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

FREN 10200 - Elementary French II 3A G HU LA

Continuation of FREN 10100. Limited to students who have successfully completed FREN 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or by placement examination. Prerequisites: FREN 10100, or equivalent. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

FREN 10400 - Intensive Elementary French 3A G HU LA

An accelerated introductory-level course for students who have previously studied French. The course prepares students for FREN 20100 by reviewing material covered in FREN 10100 and presenting FREN 10200 content. Students may not receive credit for both FREN 10400 and FREN 10100 or FREN 10200. By placement only. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

FREN 20100 - Intermediate French I 3A G HU LA

Develops intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing French. Special emphasis is given to French culture. Prerequisites: FREN 10200 with a grade of C- or better. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

FREN 20200 - Intermediate French II 3A G HU LA

Continuation of FREN 20100. Develops intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing French. Special emphasis is given to French culture. Prerequisites: FREN 20100 with a grade of C- or better. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

FREN 20300 - French Intermediate Conversation HU LA

An optional conversation course for students enrolled in FREN 20100 and FREN 20200 who want to maximize their conversational skills. May be repeated for a total of 2 credits. Does not count towards major or minor. Corequisites: FREN 20100 or FREN 20200. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

FREN 29900 - Independent Study: French LA

Individual research, study, and/or writing on particular topics, supervised by a member of the department. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and chairperson. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 30100 - Spoken and Written Communication 3A G HU

Developing spoken and written communication skills at the third-year level. Reading and discussion of contemporary material. Prerequisites: FREN 20200 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent. Also offered through the London Center (F,O). 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

FREN 31200 - French Literature in Translation 3A G HU LA

Study of the principal works of major French writers. Readings and all class activities are in English. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 31300 - Introduction to French Literature 3A G HU LA

A study of representative texts in French literature in all genres. Prerequisites: FREN 30100 (may be taken concurrently). 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 32200 - Advanced French Grammar and Composition 3A G HU LA

Advanced study of French grammar, with an emphasis placed on composition, including register, genres, and style. Prerequisites: FREN 30100 (or equivalent with permission of instructor). 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 32300 - French Phonetics HU LA

Intensive practical phonetics for American speakers of French. Emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation, orthography, and understanding of contemporary dialects. Prerequisites: FREN 30100. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 34200 - Conversational French HU LA

An advanced course in conversation and discussion of contemporary events. Prerequisites: FREN 30100. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 34300 - The Evolution of French Civilization 1 G H HU LA

Study of how concrete elements of French civilization, key figures, government, society, ideas, literature, and the arts evolved from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Taught in French. Prerequisites: FREN 30100. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 34400 - Contemporary French Culture 1 G H HU LA

Exploring modern France and francophone countries from a total culture point of view: geography, politics, and economy, as well as literature, sciences, music, cinema, gastronomy, and the arts. Taught in French. Prerequisites: FREN 30100 (or equivalent with permission of instructor). 3 credits. (F,E)

FREN 34500 - Francophone Literature HU LA

An introduction to the literature of French expression originating outside France. Discussions will focus on colonization, post-colonization, religion (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, animism), gender, and ethnicity. Prerequisites: FREN 30100, or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 35700 - Advanced Writing HU LA

Study of diverse literary models, composition, and translation, according to individual needs. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: FREN 32200 (or equivalent with permission of instructor). 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 37700 - Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture HU LA

Study of a genre, time period, group of authors, or single major writer. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Taught in French. Prerequisites: FREN 30100 or equivalent with permission of instructor. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 39900 - Independent Study: French LA

Individual research, study, and/or writing on particular topics supervised by a member of the department. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: FREN 30100; permission of instructor and chairperson. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 40100 - Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Literature HU LA

Study of representative works. Prerequisites: FREN 30100 or equivalent with permission of instructor. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 40400 - The French Medieval Experience HU LA

An introduction to the culture of medieval France, with a focus on literature. Most selections will be in modern French. Readings may include "La Chanson de Roland," Chrétien de Troyes' legends of the Round Table; "lais" of Marie de France, and poems of François Villon. Prerequisites: FREN 30100. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 41500 - French Literature of the Renaissance HU LA

An introduction to the literature of 16th-century France in a historical and cultural context. Readings may include Montaigne, Marguerite de Navarre, Rabelais, and Pleiade poets Ronsard and Du Bellay, among others. Prerequisites: FREN 30100 or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 45100 - Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century French Literature HU LA

Study of representative works. Prerequisites: FREN 30100 or equivalent with permission of instructor. 3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 47700 - Seminar: Readings in French Literature HU LA

Selected themes or topics in French literature. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

FREN 49900 - Independent Study: French LA

Individual research, study, and/or writing on particular topics supervised by a member of the department. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and chairperson. 1-3 credits. (IRR)