Courses

All courses offered by the French program are designed to develop students’ proficiency in the understanding, speaking and writing of French and to foster a knowledge of French and Francophone cultures. Upper-intermediate and advanced courses are devoted to literature written in French and the social, political and historical contexts of its production. 

French Courses

FRE-101 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I (4)
For students who begin French in college. Introduction to the French Language and Culture. Three class periods followed by a session of oral practice.

FRE-102 ELEMENTARY FRENCH II (4)
Continuation of FRE-101; FRE-101 and FRE-102 are the equivalent of two years of secondary school preparation.
Prerequisite: FRE-101

FRE-201 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I (4)
Grammar review, oral and written comprehension, reading and composition.
Prerequisite: FRE-102

FRE-202 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II (4)
Continuation of FRE-201 with emphasis on selected readings.
Prerequisite: FRE-201

FRE-207 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH CONVERSATION (2)
This course may be repeated once with permission from the department or faculty members designated by the department chair.
Prerequisite: FRE-202 with a grade of B- or above

FRE-230 ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (4)
In-depth review of French syntax at an advanced level and development of linguistic skills necessary for fluent writing in French. Emphasis on composition in various styles and registers. Some practice in translating English to French will be included.
Prerequisite: FRE-202

FRE-232 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES (4)
Course content will focus on the relationships between sociopolitical change and artistic expression in France and in the Francophone world. Emphasis will be placed on historical development, post-colonial identities, and contemporary cultures. Taught in English.

FRE-241 SELECTED READINGS IN FRENCH LITERATURE FROM THE MIDDLE AGES THROUGH 1800 (4)
Literary selections from the origins of the French tradition through the French Revolution will be studied in their cultural, historical and socio-political context. Various literary genres will be presented. Readings will emphasize diverse depictions of women’s limitations, resistance and liberation.
Prerequisite: FRE-230 or equivalent

FRE-242 SELECTED READINGS IN FRENCH LITERATURE, 1800 TO THE PRESENT (4)
Literary selections from Romanticism onward studied in their historical and cultural contexts. Discussion topics may include: Romanticism and the self; Realism and industrial culture; relations among the arts; Symbolist poetry and prose; avant-garde prose, poetry and theatre; colonialism and exoticism; political engagement and “disengagement;” feminism and the novel; literature in French produced outside France.
Prerequisite: FRE-230 or equivalent

FRE-243 FRANCOPHONE IDENTITIES (4)
An introduction to selected texts representing the diversities of Francophone identities will afford students the opportunity of refine their reading, writing, and speaking skills while learning the richness, variety and complexity of the Francophone world.
Prerequisite: FRE-230

FRE-345 FRENCH LITERATURE AND GENRE (4)
Prose, poetry and theatre will be considered either individually or in relation to one another.
Prerequisite: FRE-230, one 200-level literature course

FRE-355 TOPICS IN FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE AND CULTURE (4)
Francophone literary and other texts will be analyzed with particular emphasis on colonization, decolonization, neocolonialism and nationalism, slavery, marginalization, identity and otherness, language and orality. Specific regions of Francophone production may include Canada, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.
This course may be repeated when specific content varies
Prerequisite: FRE-230, one 200-level literature course
(Cross-listed with AS-355)

FRE-375 FRENCH FILM (4)
Topics in French cinema from avant-garde to the present, with an introduction to film theory. Screenplays may also be studied.
Prerequisite: FRE-230, one 200-level literature course

FRE-390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE (4)
Topic changes by semester, as determined in advance by the instructor and in consultation with the French faculty. This course may be repeated as specific content varies.
Prerequisite: FRE-230, any one of FRE-241, FRE-242, FRE-243
(Cross-listed with WS-365 when topic applies)

FRE-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

FRE-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

FRE-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

FRE-480 SENIOR SEMINAR IN FRENCH/FRANCOPHONE STUDIES (4)
Independent research in a seminar setting. Before the start of her senior year, the student submits a research topic in literary analysis/theory, cultural studies, or film studies. Upon departmental approval, the student then develops her inquiry into a substantial scholarly essay.
Prerequisite: Must be a senior French major

FRE-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.