Courses in French

Below is a list of available courses offered by the French Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

FREN 101 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH
Introduction to the four basic skills and to French culture, with emphasis on oral communication. The program is strongly supported by audio and visual materials. Coursework is supplemented with weekly one-on-one conversation sessions with language tutors. Hours credit: 4.

FREN 102 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH
Introduction to the four basic skills and to French culture, with emphasis on oral communication. The program is strongly supported by audio and visual materials. Coursework is supplemented with weekly one-on-one conversation sessions with language tutors. Hours credit: 4.

FREN 201 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH
Continued practice for oral proficiency with increased emphasis on reading and writing. The program is supported by audio and visual materials. Coursework is supplemented with weekly one-on-one sessions with language tutors. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of a first-year college-level French language course or the equivalent, or placement.

FREN 202 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH
Continued practice for oral proficiency with increased emphasis on reading and writing. The program is supported by audio and visual materials. Coursework is supplemented with weekly one-on-one sessions with language tutors. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of a first-year college-level French language course or the equivalent, or placement.

FREN 213 - CONVERSATION & PHONETICS
Development of fluency and accuracy of spken French, building discussion skills and listening comprehension, refining pronunciation through the study of phonetics, and practice with audio materials. In addition to conversations on daily life, students will learns and practice higher level speaking skills to express and support opinions and discuss abstract ideas. Discussions may revolve around current social issues in French society. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: French 108 or placement, or by permission of the department.

FREN 216 - GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION
Review of French grammar necessary as preparation for 300- and 400-level courses. Practice in aural-oral skills and also in building more complex sentences and organizing paragraphs and short papers. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: French 108 or placement, or by permission of the department.

FREN 232 - READING FRENCH LITERATURE
An introduction to reading French literature through short stories, short novels, plays, and/or poetry. Emphasis is on the development of strategies and techniques for reading comprehension, building vocabulary, and developing the oral and written skills necessary for discussion and analysis of literature. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: FREN 108 or the equivalent, or by permission of the department. Offered first semester.

FREN 310 - TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE
This course will explore a particular topic, theme, or genre in French literature. Sample topics include: "The New Generation: French Fiction Since 1990," "Short Fiction Genres," and "Power Plays: Master and Servant in French Literature." Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: one 200-level course or placement. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

FREN 319 - WOMEN WRITERS
An introduction to French literature and literary analysis based on texts illustrating relationships, roles, and achievements of women from the Middle Ages to the present. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: one 200-level course or placement.

FREN 320 - TOPICS IN AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN LIT
Emphasis on the concepts of diversity, alienation, and identity formation in post-colonial African and Caribbean literatures, written in French. Topics may include "Literature of the Maghreb," "Voices of Women from the Maghreb and Sub-Sahara," "Cinema and Literature of Immigration." Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: one 200-level course or placement. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours when topic differs.

FREN 365 - FRENCH CIVILIZATION I
A historical approach to the understanding of French civilization, highlighting its importance in the making of contemporary society, politics, artistic, and intellectual life. This course will help students develop the speaking and writing strategies of advanced-level users. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: one 200-level course or permission of the Department.

FREN 366 - FRENCH CIVILIZATION II
Understanding the French through their everyday life. This course will focus on contemporary aspects of French society: education, the political system, the economy, music and films, immigration, and globalization. Taught from a comparative perspective. This course will help students develop speaking strategies of advanced-level language users, such as the ability to formulate and defend opinions. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: one 200-level course or permission of the Department.

FREN 372 - ADVANCED LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
This course will focus on the development of advanced competence in writtern French, with special emphasis on stylistic variations, lexical nuances, and comples grammataical structures. Extensive revision and rewriting, in-class analysis and critique as well as individual conferences. Highly recommended for all students currently taking or planning to take upper-level work in French. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: FREN 216 and one 300-level course.

FREN 410 - TOPICS IN FRENCH CIVILIZATION & LITERATU
This course will examine various themes that are relevant to French intellectual and social life. Past themes have focused on “French for Business,” “Voices of Marginality,” “French Cinema,” “Kings and Rebels in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Literature,” and “Images of Childhood in French Literature.” Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: two 300-level courses, one of which must be in literature. May be repeated when the topic differs.

FREN 431 - 17C LITERATURE & SOCIETY
An introduction to the artistic and intellectual life at the court of the Sun King at Versailles. The course may study plays by Molière, Racine, and Corneille, as well as letters of Madame de Sévigné, fables by La Fontaine, philosophical essays by Pascal, and satires by La Bruyère. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: two 300-level courses. Offered as needed..

FREN 440 - 18C LITERATURE & THOUGHT
A discovery of the revolutionary thinkers of the eighteenth century through major texts of the enlightenment by Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Diderot. This course will emphasize their importance in our concepts of freedom and democracy. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: two 300-level courses. Offered as needed.

FREN 450 - 19C LITERATURE & CULTURE
A survey of the century's greatest authors and works and its most important movements: e.g., Chateaubriand and Hugo (Romanticism); Stendhal; Balzac; Sand; Flaubert (Realism); Zola (Naturalism); Baudelaire (Modernism); Rimbaud and Mallarme (Symbolism). Selections will vary from year to year but will typically include all genres. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: two 300-level courses. Offered as needed.

FREN 461 - 20C LIT TRADITIONS & INNOVATIONS
Works are chosen to represent major writers of twentieth and twenty-first century France (Proust, Gide), schools (surrealisme, existentalisme), trends (le nouveau roman, le theatre de l'absurde), and genres (novels, short stories, poetry, and plays). Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: two 300-level courses. Offered as needed.

FREN 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR
Intensive study and discussion on a topic to be announced each year. The seminar is designed to help develop critical perspectives in literature and culture and to offer a framework for the early stages of work on the senior paper. The course will require both essays and oral presentations. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

FREN 494 - SENIOR THESIS
East student will work closely with a faculty supervisor to prepare a substantial critical paper of about 25 pages to be presented to faculty and students of the Department. Introduction to schools of critical thought. Hours credit: 3 Prerequisite: FREN 493 and permission of the Department.

FREN 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

FREN 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR