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Language Courses

All language courses are offered Fall and Spring.
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FREN 1001 - Basic French I (1st Year)
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
Additional info: **Detailed course description
Prerequisite: French Placement Exam score: 0-250
This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

FREN 1002 - Basic French II (1st Year)
Speaking and writing in French about past and future events; telling a story (narrating and describing the past), promising, predicting, and proposing simple hypotheses and conjectures.
Course is taught in French
Additional info: **Detailed course description
Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or French Placement Exam score: 251-350
This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

FREN 1003 - Intermediate French I (2nd Year)
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
Additional info: **Detailed course description
Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or French Placement Exam score: 351-400
This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

FREN 1004 - Intermediate French II (2nd Year)
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
Additional info: **Detailed course description
Prerequisite: FREN 1003 or French Placement Exam score: 401-500
This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

FREN 2005 - Language, Culture, and Society I (3rd Year)
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
Additional info: **Detailed course description
"This course satisfies G-PAC requirements      
Prerequisite: FREN 1004 or French Placement Exam score: 501-550
This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

FREN 2006 - Language, Culture, and Society II (3rd Year)
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
Additional info: **Detailed course description
This course satisfies G-PAC requirements
Prerequisite: FREN 2005 or French Placement Exam score: 551-601
This course may not be audited or taken pass/fail.

Literature & Advanced Courses

Please note that not all courses below are taught every semester. For up-to-date scheduling information, see our current Fall and Spring offerings!

French 1000: Dean’s seminar: Banned Books
What can we learn about a society based on the cultural production that comes under fire? Through a comparative study of banned or controversial books and poetry in the United States, we will consider the various subject matter(s) that have caused debate and discussion about what is appropriate for citizens to read. What sorts of standards are cited in debates over these works, and how do France and the US differ in selections of works to censor?
Note: This course is taught in English and is open to freshmen only
G-Pac –Critical Thinking

FREN 3010W - Advanced French Language, Structure, and Composition (4th Year)
Compositions, drills, dictations. Translations into French. Study of vocabulary and syntax, with emphasis on stylistic devices.
Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or French Placement Exam score above 601
Additional info: Detailed course description  ;  Sample syllabus

FREN 3100W - Introduction to French Literature
Readings, textual analysis, and writing on a broad selection of texts from different genres and periods. French and Francophone literatures in their cultural contexts. Close reading approach and introduction to literary vocabulary.
Prerequisite: FREN 2006 or French Placement Exam score above 601
Additional info: Sample syllabus

FREN 3210 - Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
Texts of the Middle Ages to the 17th Century studied in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Topics may include feudal society and the literature of courtly love; humanism, Rabelais, and Renaissance poetry; women and salon writing; Versailles, absolutism, and classical theater.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent
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FREN 3220 - Modern French Literature in Context
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 la nature des rapports entre les hommes : quelles structures sociales sont possibles, et quel est l’impact de ces structures sur des individus ? Les sources littéraires peuvent contribuer des perspectives nuancées à un débat qui reste pertinent même 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 3100W or equivalent
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FREN 3290 - Textual Analysis
Methodology and vocabulary of literary criticism. Application of various principles of textual analysis and critical approaches to literature.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent
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FREN 3300 - Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures
Dynamics of French-speaking societies and their cultures studied through literature, art or film.  Topics varys
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent
Additional info: This course counts towards a French major or minor and may be repeated for credit. Students may choose to write their papers in French or English.

FREN 3400 - Acting In French
Dans cette classe, vous êtes amenés à pratiquer le jeu d’acteur et la mise en scène de  pièces de théâtre modernes et contemporaines, en français, sous la direction et avec l’aide d’un professeur formé au jeu d’acteur et à la mise en scène.
C’est une classe de pratique théâtrale où nous pratiquons beaucoup d’exercices de groupe ( improvisations, jeu choral). L’accent est mis sur la mémorisation de textes  et la prononciation, mais aussi sur la créativité et la capacité à travailler en groupe. Une petite représentation a lieu à la mi-semestre et à la fin du semestre: avec l’aide du professeur, chaque groupe propose la mise en scène d’une partie de la pièce de théâtre étudiée.  
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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French 3500: Race, Religion and Identity in France
The intersection of race, religion, and identity in France from an historical perspective; key concepts of French universalism and secularism in relation to different minority groups. Resources may include literature, film, historical documents, and sociological studies. May be taught in French or English.
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FREN 3520 - Molière - The Age of Classicism
As Molière famously said, “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.” Indeed Molière continues to enthrall audiences globally even in the 21st century, as not a single day goes by that his plays are not performed somewhere in the world.  Through the study of 3 of his most famous plays,  L’ Avare, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme , Le Misanthrope) students will discover how Molière’s ability to both amuse and instruct made him the  greatest writer of comedy in his day – and indeed one of the greatest and most beloved playwrights of all time.   Through the close study of his texts and their performance, paired with the study of the man and the context in which he lived and wrote, we will examine how Molière changed the face of French literature and culture – and why his influence continues to endure today.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
Additional info: Sample syllabus

FREN 3530 - The Age of Enlightenment
The major novelists, dramatists and philosophes of the 18th century.  The works of Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot and their relationship to the social, political and philosophical thought of the period.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 3550 - Studies in 20th-Century French Literature
In this course we will study important films from the global Francophone World, (France included), and familiarize ourselves with the basic terminology of film analysis. In our study of the theme of “connections with others,” we will consider questions such as: What alienates different characters from the norms of their respective cultures? Do differences of race, class, gender, nationality, and sexuality affect the kinds of connections that characters establish with each other, and that viewers establish with those characters? If so, how? How do cultural norms influence the kinds of relationships people have with each other?  Our readings will familiarize us with formal aspects of filmmaking and film analysis, will guide us in the writing practices particular to film studies, and will provide models for the critical analysis of films.
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 3560 - Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
Analysis of relations between France and its former colonies as manifested in the literature and cinema of France and the Francophone world.  Race and gender relations; exile; nationalism; and identity and place as seen through various literary and cinematic responses to the discourses of metropolitan France by its former colonies
Previous Topic: La Francophonie: Le Maghreb D'aujourd'hui
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 3600 - Special Topics in French Literature
Examines French and Francophone literature around a single theme, which varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 3700 - History of French Cinema
French cinema from its inception to the "New Wave." The relationship of filmmaking and audience reception to the evolution of French society and political institutions. The language of cinema as it evolves according to periods and genres and as critics and filmmakers create a theoretical discourse specific to film.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4470 - Writing Women
Dynamics of gender in French literature and culture with emphasis on women as agents and objects of representation.  Gender roles in the formation of social biases, norms and power structures.
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4500 - Studies in Medieval French Literature
Readings and analysis of the major literary texts of the 11th through 15th Centuries. Chansons de geste, courtly literature, fabliaux, drama, lyric and didactic poetry.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4510 - French Literature of the Renaissance
Sixteenth-century prose and poetry in the context of cultural and historical movements.  Topics may include humanism; concepts of self and subjectivity; the wars of religion; the discovery of the New World; court and the city life; the private and public spheres; religious and secular love.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
Additional info: Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one 3000-level course above 3100 before enrolling in a 4000-level seminar.

FREN 4540 -19th-Century French Literature and Culture
Key aspects of the 19th-century French literature in its historical, cultural and political context.  Major authors and literary movements are studied through the lens of a particular theme, which varies from year to year.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4600 - Special Topics in French Literature
Examines French and Francophone literature around a single theme, which varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4700 - Race Matters: Literature, Culture, and Identity in Contemporary France
An interdisciplinary examination of cultural, political, and economic realities for ethnic minority populations in France.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent
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FREN 4910 - Proseminar I
Required for all French majors; preparation of Senior essay. Topics: specified topic in history of French literature; periods, authors, genres, and topics vary according to year. Senior essay completed by end of spring semester.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisites: Major in French and senior standing
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FREN 4920W - Proseminar II
Required for all French majors: preparation of Senior essay. Topics: specified topic in history of French literature; periods, authors, genres, and topics vary according to year. Senior essay completed by end of spring semester.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 4910
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