French Courses (FR)

Classes are offered in the semesters indicated. If the term is not indicated, please refer to the current class schedule.

101 First-Semester French (4) / Fall
Assumes no prior experience in French. Moves from simple, everyday greetings to basic vocabulary and phrases describing people, places, clothing, food, travel, studies, sports, and professions. Competency-based testing of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural skills. Requires concurrent enrollment in FR 101L.
101L Language Laboratory (1) / Fall
A minimum of two academic hours (100 minutes) weekly of practice sessions involving online exercises and/or interactive exercises. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in FR 101.
102 Second-Semester French (4) / Spring
Students progress through increasingly complex sentence structures. Listening and speaking competence tested at intermediate-low levels; reading and writing at intermediate-mid levels. (Testing includes cultural knowledge.) Requires concurrent enrollment in FR 102L. Prerequisite: FR 101 or placement by examination.
102L Language Laboratory (1) / Spring
A minimum of two academic hours (100 minutes) weekly of practice sessions involving online exercises and/or interactive exercises. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in FR 102.
201 Third-Semester French (4) / Fall
An in-depth review of fundamentals and an introduction to more sophisticated grammatical patterns. Testing (includes cultural knowledge) of speaking and listening skills at the intermediate-mid levels, reading and writing at the intermediate-high levels. Requires concurrent enrollment in lab, FR 201L. Prerequisite: FR 102 or placement by examination.
201L Language Laboratory (1) / Fall
A minimum of two academic hours (100 minutes) weekly of practice sessions involving online exercises and/or interactive exercises. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in FR 201.
202 Oral French (4) / Spring
Required of majors. Extensive use of oral group activities, use of periodicals and listening comprehension through video, film, tapes. Practical work in phonetics and intonation. Speaking and listening competence at advanced-low level. Prerequisite: FR 201 or placement by examination.
300 Introduction to Literary Analysis & Critical Writing (4) / Fall
Study of advanced aspects of French grammar and stylistics with a focus on introducing students to literary analysis, including poetry, theater, and narrative prose. Oral and written presentations. Prerequisite: FR 201 or equivalent, and FR 202.
314 French Literature in English Translation (4)
Studies in French-speaking Caribbean, African, Near Eastern, Asia and North American literatures in English translation. Topics may include non-western cultural and religious values, colonialism vs. emerging nationalism, and the quest for identity, personal, cultural and national. Satisfies GE category C2 (World Literature). Prerequisite: completion of GE category A.
320 France Yesterday (4) / Fall, alternate years
French civilization: history, social and political institutions, and the arts, as revealed in written documents and visual media (architecture, painting, graphics, etc.), from the medieval period to the Revolution. Readings, discussion,and oral and written reports in French. Prerequisite: FR 300 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
321 France Today (4) / Fall, alternate years
French civilization: history, social and political institutions, and the arts, as revealed in written documents and visual media (architecture, painting, graphics, etc.), from the Revolution to the present. Readings, discussion,and oral and written reports in French. Prerequisite: FR 300 (may be taken concurrently).
410 French Literature (4) / Spring, alternate years
Readings in theatre, prose and poetry representing major writers and movements from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Classical and the pre-Romantic periods. May be organized around themes or genres or by aesthetic movements. Readings, discussion, and oral and written reports in French. Prerequisite: FR 320.
411 French Literature (4) / Spring, alternate years
Readings in theatre, prose and poetry representing major writers and movements from the 19th and 20th centuries. May be organized around themes or genres or by aesthetic movements. Readings, discussion, and oral and written reports in French. May be repeated for credit when content is different. Prerequisite: FR 321.
415 Special Topics in French Culture (4) / Fall, alternate years
Topics vary according to current interests and issues, e.g. the Francophone world, Paris, the French film, French feminism, French impressionism, Theatre and society, etc. Readings, discussios, and oral and written reports. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisite: FR 320 or 321 (may be taken concurrently).
475 Senior Seminar (4) / Spring, alternate years
An advanced writing course, culminating in a research paper on a literary or cultural topic. Prerequisite: FR 321 or 411 (may be taken concurrently).
495 Special Studies (1-4)
Directed individual study. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
499 Internships (1-4)
Students in the intern program apply skills and methods mastered in their coursework in French in a variety of situation in public and private agencies. Credit is awarded for completion of 3 hours of work (weekly average) per unit, participation in a seminar or conferences, and a final report. Placement must be arranged in advance with department coordinator.