French Courses by Semester

Spring 2023

Handling the immediate context of daily experience in spoken and written French: identifying, describing, and characterizing people, objects, places and events; giving information and instructions; issuing simple commands and requests.

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: French Placement Exam score: 0-250.

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

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Speaking and writing in French about past and future events: telling a story (narrating and describing in the past), promising, predicting and proposing simple hypotheses and conjectures.

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or French Placement Exam score: 251-350.

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

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Increasing active vocabulary, reinforcing mastery of basic grammar, dealing with more complex structures (verbal phrases, subordinate clauses) and using some patterns of indirect speech (e.g., repeating or relaying messages, giving reports, summarizing).

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or French Placement Exam score: 351-400.

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

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Consolidation and further expansion of the ability to understand as well as produce a more complex level of oral and written discourse emphasizing subjective expression: issuing indirect commands and requests; giving opinions; making proposals; building arguments; defending and criticizing ideas.

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 1003 or French Placement Exam score: 401-500

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

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This is the first course in a two-course sequence designed for students at the advanced-intermediate level. Through an introduction to French history, 2005 promotes conversational skills and helps students develop the ability to write and comprehend somewhat complex texts on a broad range of topics. An extensive grammar review is included.

Course is taught in French.

This course satisfies GPAC requirements.

Prerequisite: FREN 1004 or French Placement Exam score: 501-550

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This course expands the range and complexity of oral communication skills via a variety of discussion formats as well as formal oral presentations and debates. 2006 also aims to develop the student's ability to analyze and comprehend more elaborate, expository prose and to write critically on a broad range of contemporary political, social and cultural topics. French 2006 continues the intensive grammar review begun in 2005.

Course is taught in French.

This course satisfies GPAC requirements.

Prerequisite: FREN 2005 or French Placement Exam score: 551-601

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

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TR 12:45-2
Prof. Masha Belenky

What do we talk about when we talk about food? What can we learn about a place or a time period by looking at representations of and discourses about food? This course introduces food as a meaningful lens through which to think about culture and society. Taking France as an example, we will explore the history and development of food culture as a way to approach questions such as national identity, cultural specificity, immigration, gender, and power. In addition to learning about the history of French cuisine and gastronomy from the 19th century to today, we will also explore the powerful symbolic role of food in literature and film. More broadly, we will learn how to think and write critically and analytically about material culture (such as food) and what it can teach us about ourselves and society as a whole.

This course is taught in English.

Prerequisites: None

G-PAC Requirements: Critical Thinking; Humanities; Oral Communication.

TR 11:10-12:25
Prof. Jocelyne Brant

Refining rhetoric in French, integrating notions from linguistics. Improving written and spoken French through new perspectives into the language itself. Register, borrowings, idiomatic expressions, and stylistic variation between French and English. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent.

TR 9:35-10:50
Prof. Kathryn Kleppinger

What has made France the country it is today? To answer this question in all its complexity, we will undertake a historical and thematic approach to understand the major events, debates, and questions that have faced French politicians, writers, and citizens over the past century. We will consult political sources (speeches, declarations, and manifestos), literature (novels and eye-witness accounts), and cultural documents (newspaper articles, songs, films) to understand the varying perspectives and arguments that have shaped French politics, culture, and identity throughout the 20th and 21st  centuries. During the first half of the semester we will consider important events in French history throughout the
20th century, from the turn of the century through World War II and the wars of decolonization. Then, during the second half of the semester, we will undertake thematic studies to understand the recent impact of these events. Topics include: immigration and the colonial past, France as a nation and as part of Europe, and contemporary social identities. 

Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent

Prof. Charlee Bezilla
MW 11:10-12:25

This course is an introduction to French literature and the gateway to the French Minor and Major. We will closely read a broad selection of texts from different genres (poetry, prose, theater) and historical periods (from the Renaissance to the 21 st  century) and learn how to read and write analytically about literature in its cultural context using different techniques and methodologies of textual analysis. In addition to practicing literary and cultural analysis, our readings and discussions aim to deepen your appreciation of French literature. 

This course satisfies the WID requirement.

Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent

Prof. Charlee Bezilla
MW 12:45-2

Dans ce cours nous étudierons des textes canoniques du 18e siècle jusqu’à nos jours, en considérant leurs contextes historiques, sociaux, et culturels. Ces œuvres partagent une interrogation sur le monde, le voyage et d’autres mondes possibles: comment envisagent-elles le monde ? Comment ces œuvres emploient-elles le topos du voyage — au sens littéral ou métaphorique, temporel ou atemporel — pour envisager un autre monde ? Qu’est-ce que le voyage rend possible (i.e. structures sociales,  écouvertes intellectuelles ou  philosophiques, réflexions individuelles) ? Quels types d’utopie proposent-elles, et quelles sont leurs effets sur les habitants de ces mondes alternatifs ? Les sources littéraires peuvent contribuer des perspectives nuancées à un sujet qui reste pertinent aujourd’hui. Ce cours vise à développer vos capacités en plusieurs domaines: historique, littéraire, et sociologique. Vous apprendrez à identifier des thèmes communs à la littérature française au cours des 18e, 19e, 20e et 21e siècles et aussi à lire plus profondément pour apprécier les aspects artistiques des œuvres.

Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent

Prof. Kathryn Kleppinger
TR 12:45-2

What actions constitute a crime, and who decides? And how can we make sense of the popular genre of crime writing (fiction and non-fiction alike)? From the obsession with poverty in the 19th century to political corruption in the 20th, we will take a historical approach to understanding how crime novels and films have exposed some of French society’s deepest, darkest secrets. At the end of the semester, we will have analyzed the social and political stakes of a wide range of French crime writing (novels and films) from the 19 th -21 st  centuries. Students will develop close reading skills, practice clear oral communication in French, and master coherent written analyses of the material under study.

Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent

Prof. Charlee Bezilla
MW 3:45-5

What did it mean to be human in Enlightenment-era and Revolutionary France? In this course, we will explore how those living in the eighteenth century debated answers to this question in the domains of literature, philosophy, politics, art, and natural history. During this time of rapidly expanding global exploration, colonization, commerce, and conflict, Europeans encountered diverse cultures, animals, historical objects, and scientific discoveries that prompted them to call into question what exactly it meant to be human. By studying contested theories about the soul, language, reproduction, climate, and the transformation of species through a range of texts, documents, and visual objects, we will seek to understand how the category of the human was constructed throughout the eighteenth century in France, and how it determined who was included—or not—in the new nation born of the Revolution.

*This course satisfies the minor requirement for a course in literature and culture before 1800*

Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent

Prof. Masha Belenky
W 1:10-1

Fall 2022

Handling the immediate context of daily experience in spoken and written French: identifying, describing, and characterizing people, objects, places and events; giving information and instructions; issuing simple commands and requests.

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: French Placement Exam score: 0-250.

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

View detailed course description.

Speaking and writing in French about past and future events: telling a story (narrating and describing in the past), promising, predicting and proposing simple hypotheses and conjectures.

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or French Placement Exam score: 251-350.

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

View detailed course description.

Increasing active vocabulary, reinforcing mastery of basic grammar, dealing with more complex structures (verbal phrases, subordinate clauses) and using some patterns of indirect speech (e.g., repeating or relaying messages, giving reports, summarizing).

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or French Placement Exam score: 351-400.

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

View detailed course description.

Consolidation and further expansion of the ability to understand as well as produce a more complex level of oral and written discourse emphasizing subjective expression: issuing indirect commands and requests; giving opinions; making proposals; building arguments; defending and criticizing ideas.

Course is taught in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 1003 or French Placement Exam score: 401-500

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

View detailed course description.

This is the first course in a two-course sequence designed for students at the advanced-intermediate level. Through an introduction to French history, 2005 promotes conversational skills and helps students develop the ability to write and comprehend somewhat complex texts on a broad range of topics. An extensive grammar review is included.

Course is taught in French.

This course satisfies GPAC requirements.

Prerequisite: FREN 1004 or French Placement Exam score: 501-550

View detailed course description.

This course expands the range and complexity of oral communication skills via a variety of discussion formats as well as formal oral presentations and debates. 2006 also aims to develop the student's ability to analyze and comprehend more elaborate, expository prose and to write critically on a broad range of contemporary political, social and cultural topics. French 2006 continues the intensive grammar review begun in 2005.

Course is taught in French.

This course satisfies GPAC requirements.

Prerequisite: FREN 2005 or French Placement Exam score: 551-601

This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

View detailed course description.

MW 2:20-3:35
Prof. Sarah-Kay Hurst

How did English words like ‘le week-end’ end up in French? Why do words like ‘forêt’ and ‘fête’ have an accent? Why do we ‘pay attention’ in English but ‘faire attention’ in French? Why do the words ‘vingt’ and ‘doigt’ have an unpronounced “g” in them? In this course, you will refine your French by integrating notions from linguistics, improving your written and spoken French through new perspectives into the language itself. You will have myriad opportunities to strengthen your writing skills for different personal and professional contexts, and we will explore notions such as figures of speech, borrowings, idiomatic expressions, and stylistic variation between French and English.
This course satisfies the WID requirement.
Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent

Section 10: MW 11:10-12:25
Section 11: MW 12:45-2:00

This course is an introduction to French literature and the gateway to the French Minor and Major. We will closely read a broad selection of texts from different genres (poetry, prose, theater) and historical periods (from the Renaissance to the 21st century) and learn how to read and write analytically about literature in its cultural context using different techniques and methodologies of textual analysis. In addition to practicing literary and cultural analysis, our readings and discussions aim to deepen your appreciation of French literature. This course satisfies the WID requirement. Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent.

MW 3:45-5:00

From the Middle-Ages to the 17th century, France saw the development of several genres and literary movements that are foundational to the French literary tradition: the epic, the fable, the narrative genre, the essay, poetry, tragedy, and comedy are the various genres of premodern France that we will study. What was France like at the time? Most of these texts are not originally written in a version of French you would recognize easily. How to build a nation, and how to live together, were also key questions for medieval and early modern writers. Some of the concepts developed in those texts undeniably led to a version of France that made Versailles but also the Code Noir – which defined the conditions of slavery in the French colonial empire – possible. In addition to race, gender, and religion, we will discuss the themes that were important to premodern French authors and cultures, not least of them medievalism, Renaissance, and classicism. What makes these texts classics, and what do they still have to say for our time? Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent. This course satisfies the Pre-Revolutionary/Literature requirement for the French minor

Prof. Jocelyne Brant
TR 11:10-12:25

Ce cours est destiné aux étudiants qui désirent poursuivre leurs études de littérature française et qui ont déjà suivi le cours de Français 3100W. Il vise à perfectionner leurs connaissances dans le domaine du théâtre de l’époque, époque qu’il est convenu d’appeler le Grand Siècle. A travers l’examen des pièces au programme, les étudiants vont découvrir ce qui a fait et fait toujours le génie de Molière et la raison pour laquelle son œuvre reste toujours d’actualité et fait de Molière “l’enfant chéri” des Français. Tout Molière est dans son œuvre, la vérité de Molière est dans ses personnages et c’est bien là qu’il faut aller le chercher. C’est ce que ce cours se propose de faire en offrant à la curiosité des étudiants 3 pièces phares qui échelonnent le parcours de Molière:  Le Misanthrope, l’Avare et le Bourgeois gentilhomme. Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent. This course satisfies the Pre-Revolutionary/Literature requirement for the French minor.

Prof. Abdourahman Waberi
TR 12:45-2:00

This course will allow our students to improve their French writing skills and to explore or expand their writing desires and interests. They will refine their knowledge of the language through a variety of workshop-based activities and will learn to express creativity by writing different types of texts, including autobiographical sketches, poems, songs, and short stories. Multiple drafts will be required for each writing assignment, and individual attention will be given to each student. Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or equivalent.

Prof. Abdourahman Waberi
TR 3:45-5:00

In this course we will examine the debates that French society faces in present days through the productions of hip-hop culture (rap texts and music, video, cinema, literature in particular). We will employ sociological and historical lenses to better question a wide range of political and societal issues. We will also pay attention to the aesthetic traditions (from modern poetry to song to text, from jousting to free style ...) of our vast object of study - French and French-speaking rap - which highlights or sublimates the presence and experience of groups of people often underrepresented or marginalized in French and Francophone spaces. Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.

What does it mean to be a woman author? This course examines ways in which literature written by women writers engages questions of gender, sexuality, authorship, and literary innovation. We will examine novels, poetry and film produced by women authors from the 18th to the 21st centuries, taking into account socio-historical, political and cultural factors that shaped these works. We will pay particular attention to how these writers engaged with questions of female authorship. Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.