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Courses

 

Note: No course being counted toward the V.3 general education requirement may be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.

 

FREN 101 (3) - Elementary French I
A study of the essentials of grammar, the development of a simple, practical vocabulary, and readings based on present-day French life.

 

FREN 102 (3) - Elementary French II
Prerequisite:
FREN 101. A continuation of FREN 101.


FREN 201 (3) - Intermediate French I
Prerequisite:
FREN 102 or placement. Formal study and practice in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding French. Regular laboratory attendance is required.

 

FREN 202 (3) - Intermediate French II
Prerequisite:
FREN 201. A continuation of FREN 201. Regular laboratory attendance is required. V.3.

 

FREN 204 (3) - French-English Translation
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or placement. Translation of selected texts from English into French and from French into English. III.W.

 

FREN 209 (3) - French Conversation and Composition
Prerequisite:
FREN 202 or placement. Practice in oral and written expression based on contemporary topics. III.O, III.W, V.3.

 

FREN 213 (3) - Studies in French Literature I
Prerequisite:
FREN 202 or placement. A survey of French Literature from the Middle Ages to the 18th century at the advanced intermediate level. III.W, V.2, V.3.

 

FREN 214 (3) - Studies in French Literature II
Prerequisite:
FREN 213. A survey of French Literature from the 19th century to the present at the advanced intermediate level. This is the continuation of FREN 213. III.W, V.2, V.3. 

 

FREN 216 (3) - France in the 2000s: Society, Government, and Technology
An in-depth examination of contemporary French society and government, with special emphasis on the expanding role of technology within France. In addition to books and articles, official and unofficial internet resources will be used to contrast varying views and reactions to events and changes occurring in France. Taught in English. This course will count towards the French major and minor if students do the written assignments and examinations in French. V.5, V.7.

 

FREN 217 (3) - Francophone Cinema
Specific topics such as French directors, francophone cinema, women and the movies, will be offered according to students' needs. Taught in English. This course will count towards the French major and minor if students do the written assignments and examinations in French. V.5, V.6a.

 

FREN 219 (3) - Commercial French
Prerequisite:
FREN 202. Development of conversational, reading and writing skills in the language used in business and economics. We will study texts dealing with the specialized vocabulary and the various forms of communication of the French business world. III.O.

 

FREN 232 (3) - Thematic Survey of Culture and Civilization: Middle Ages-World War I
Prerequisite:
FREN 202, FREN 209, or FREN 213. French society throughout the ages. Emphasis will be less on political history than on culture and the arts. Required of students minoring or majoring in French. V.1, V.3.

 

FREN 233 (3) - Contemporary French Culture
Prerequisite:
FREN 202, FREN 209, or FREN 213. This course examines French society in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Emphasis will be on culture and the arts. V.1.

 

FREN 250 (3) - Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation
Prerequisite:
First-year students with permission. French majors may participate with permission of instructor, preparing papers and examinations in French. Close reading and analysis of major French texts in English translation. Offered alternate years. V.2.

 

FREN 261 (1, 2, or 3) - Directed Study
Prerequisites:
One FREN course and permission of the instructor. The study of introductory level material by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member. 

 

FREN 315 (3) - Literatures of the French-Speaking World
Prerequisite: FREN 214. The cultures and literatures of French-speaking countries outside Europe. Readings may include tales, novels and poetry from Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and other areas. Texts will be examined as literary works as well as keys to the understanding of the different cultures. V.2, V.4.

 

FREN 321 (3) - Advanced Grammar
Prerequisite: One course numbered FREN 209 or above. This course deepens the student's understanding of French grammar at the advanced level and its application in various contemporary French language contexts, both written and oral. III.W.

 

FREN 323 (3) - Beyond Paris: The Regions of France and the French-Speaking World
Prerequisite: FREN 214 or FREN 232. This course will lead to a better understanding of the social, political, economic, and cultural diversity that is found both within France and beyond its national borders in the French-speaking world through an in-depth examination of their different regions. V.5, V.7.

 

FREN 325 (3) - Literary Art Criticism
Prerequisite: FREN 214 or FREN 232. This course will teach students to analyze visual works of art by comparing writers' commentaries on famous painting and architectural monuments, from the Lascaux cave paintings to the Beaubourg Center. Among writers studied, there will be literary writers such as Diderot, Baudelaire, Eluard, and Sollers; and postmodern theorists from many disciplines such as Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Foucault, Derrida, Barthes, and Michel Serres. III.W, V.6a.

 

FREN 327 (3) - France Today: Media Texts and Social Contexts
Prerequisite: FREN 214 or FREN 232. This course will help students develop a critical appreciation of France and the various social, political, and economic problems that confront French society today. The media texts to be studied will include articles from current French newspapers, magazines, and various online news sources.. V.7.

 

FREN 329 (3) - Semiotics of French Culture
Prerequisite: FREN 214 or FREN 232. This course will explore French culture through the study of works by semioticians such as Barthes, Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Foucault, and Kristeva. V.5.

 

FREN 331 (3) - Representations of the French Revolution
Prerequisite: FREN 214 or FREN 232. A study of how the depiction and interpretation of the French Revolution in French literature and the arts have changed since 1789. V.1, V.2.

 

FREN 333 (3) - Existentialism and Postmodernism
Prerequisite: FREN 214 or FREN 232. This course will lead to a better understanding of the philosophical movements in 20th-century France. Students will read and analyze texts by theoreticians such as Sartre, Camus, Foucault, and Baudrillard. V.2, V.5.

 

FREN 361 (1, 2, or 3) - Special Study
Prerequisites:
100-level FREN course and permission of the instructor. The study of an intermediate level topic by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member.

 

FREN 371 (3) - Aspects of 19th-Century Literature
Prerequisite:
FREN 214. From the romantic self to the symbolist other: different perceptions of reality in representative works of 19th-century literature. Offered alternate years. V.2.

 

FREN 377 (1, 2, or 3) - Internship
Prerequisites:
Three credits in FREN and permission of the instructor, department chair, and dean. This course is graded P/CR/NC only.

 

FREN 385 (3) - Aspects of 20th-Century Literature
Prerequisite:
FREN 214. Crisis, experiment and transformation in the French novel since 1945. Among the novelists to be studied are Boris Vian, Marguerite Duras and Michel Tournier. Offered alternate years. III.W, V.2.

 

FREN 452 (3) - Senior Seminar: Topical Studies in French Literature
Prerequisite:
Required of seniors majoring in French. Open to other qualified students with permission of the department. III.O.

 

FREN 461 (1, 2, or 3) - Independent Study
Prerequisites:
One 100-level FREN course, one 200-level French course, and permission of the instructor. Pursuit of an upper level research project determined in advance by the student in consultation with a faculty member who will act as the sponsor.