Courses

French and Francophone Studies Courses

Course descriptions listed on this page for the French and Francophone Studies program are from the 2021-2022 College Catalog. For more information on the courses offered during the fall and spring semesters, please log in to the course schedule through STAR.

FREN 101 — Elementary French 1

This first half of an introduction to the fundamentals of the French language focuses on the acquisition of the basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and presents an introduction to the cultures of the French-speaking world. This course is restricted to students with no previous study of French. Five class hours weekly. Conducted in French.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Annually Fall

FREN 102 — Elementary French 2

This second half of an introduction to the fundamentals of the French language reinforces and deepens basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French as well as knowledge of the cultures of the French-speaking world.
Prerequisite: Students must complete a language placement exam or FREN 101 in order to enroll in this course. Students who have taken any higher level FREN course may not register for FREN 102.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FREN 201 — Intermediate French 1

The first half of a review of the fundamentals of French supplemented by reading of literary and cultural material and by practice in oral expression.
Prerequisite: Students must complete a language placement exam or FREN 102 in order to enroll in this course. Students who have taken any higher level FREN course may not register for FREN 201.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FREN 202 — Intermediate French 2

The second half of a review of the fundamentals of French supplemented by reading of literary and cultural material and by practice in oral expression.
Prerequisite: Students must complete a language placement exam or FREN 201 in order to enroll in this course. Students who have taken any higher level FREN course may not register for FREN 202.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FREN 301 — French Composition & Conversatn

Designed for gaining proficiency in oral and written French. Emphasis on developing correctness and fluency in everyday situations. Regular methods of instruction include discussions, web activities, skits, listening comprehension, grammar review. Required for French majors and minors. Recommended for first-year students with advanced placement. Four class hours weekly. French.
Prerequisite: Students must complete a language placement exam, FREN 202 or have French AP credit in order to enroll in this course. Students who have taken any higher level FREN course may not register for FREN 301.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FREN 302 — Approaches To Reading & Writing

Designed to give students the tools to read and write critically in French. Students will examine texts representative of major genres and will acquire lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills and stylistic proficiency. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 301
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 303 — French Life & Letters/MA-1800

An overview of French life and letters from the Middle Ages to 1800. Focus is on literature, but other types of material are included to provide insights into the cultural, historical, and ideological contexts. Designed to give students the tools to read and write critically in French. Students will examine texts representative of major genres and will acquire lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills and stylistic proficiency. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 301
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 304 — French Life & Letters: 19th, 20th, 21st Centuries

An overview of French life and letters from 1800 to the present. Focus is on literature, but other types of material are included to provide insights into the cultural, historical, and ideological contexts. Designed to give students the tools to read and write critically in French. Students will examine texts representative of major genres and will acquire lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills and stylistic proficiency. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 301
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 305 — Writing Around the Arts

Arts will be the thematic focus of the course and will encompass readings on urbanism and architecture, film, advertising, comic books, choreography, equestrian theater, political songs, painting, and photography. Designed to give students the tools to read and write critically in French. Students will examine texts representative of major genres and will acquire lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills and stylistic proficiency. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 301
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 306 — Paris Through the Looking Glass

Paris will be the thematic focus of the course and will encompass a variety of readings on the City of Lights' history, urban design and landscape, landmarks and symbols, cultural institutions, artistic and intellectual neighborhoods. We will also examine how poets, novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers have represented Paris by studying sample(s) of their respective art form. Designed to give students the tools to read and write critically in French. Students will examine texts representative of major genres (poetry, theater, novel) and will acquire lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills and stylistic proficiency. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 301
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 307 — The Fantastic

The general theme of the Fantastic is the focus of this course. As a literary and cinematic genre, the Fantastic is characterized by the intrusion of the supernatural into our natural world. This intrusion, which can take many forms, destabilizes both the reader/spectator and the characters within the text itself. Students will study a variety of works on the topic. Designed to give students the tools to read and write critically in French. Students will examine texts representative of major genres and will acquire lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills and stylistic proficiency. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 301
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 308 — Francophone Journeys

In this course, students analyze works of literature written by francophone authors that feature a voyage, either literal or metaphorical. Focus is on literature, but other types of material are included to provide insights into the cultural, historical and ideological contexts. Designed to give students the tools to read and write critically in French. Students will examine texts representative of major genres and will acquire lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills, and stylistic proficiency. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: French 301
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 401 — Advanced French

Designed for students who seek to reach an advanced level of proficiency in French. The four skills are stressed. Particular emphasis on exercises that focus on complex language structures.
Prerequisite: Two French courses at the 300 Level.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 402 — Translation

Through the translation of selected passages, seeks to teach students to write with precision and clarity in both French and English. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: Two 300-level FREN courses or equivalent.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 406 — Fiction Writing

Even though the French commonly do not believe that one can learn how to become a successful fiction writer by taking courses in creative writing, they admit that there are certain tricks and techniques pertaining to the art of writing that one must know in order to write a fine piece of literature. In this course, we shall take up the challenge. We shall first read samples of fictional works (excerpts, a fable, a tale, a short story, a novel), take them apart to understand how they are fabricated, and analyze each component at play in detail. Students will then compose similar short pieces. By the end of the semester, students will try their hand at a larger piece of fiction in French. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: Two 300 level FREN Courses
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 427 — 20Th -21st Century Novel

The major trends and theories by prominent 20th-21st Century novelists are considered. Selected works by authors such as Gide, Proust, Mauriac, Sartre, Colette, Camus, Breton, De Beauvoir, Beckett, Bernanos, Giono, Vian, Queneau, Perec, Pagnol, Tournier, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Duras, Hyvrard, Modiano, Sollers, Lainé, Wittig, Roche, Yourcenar, Leduc, Ernaux, Angot, Germain and others. This course fulfills the literature requirement for the major. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite:Two 300-level French courses or the equivalent.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Literature
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 431 — Contemporary France

Focuses on current issues in contemporary France. Politics, society, the arts, domestic and international affairs, education, the media, feminism, etc., are among the topics analyzed and discussed. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: Two 300-level FREN courses.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 471 — Masterpieces of French Cinema

This course focuses on cinematic masterpieces, understood as either popular or critical successes, or both, in order to provide students with an in-depth study of French and French-language filmmaking from its inception in 1895 to the present. We move chronologically, and cover a variety of trends, periods, and genres, including the 1920s Avant-Garde, Poetic Realism, Occupation Cinema, the Tradition of Quality, the French New Wave, Beur and Banlieue filmmaking, the popular comedy, the documentary, and the road movie. We also explore French-language cinema produced outside Metropolitan France. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: Two 300-level FREN courses
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Arts
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 472 — Race & Gender in French Cinema

This course introduces students to the politics of representation in contemporary French-language cinema, from France but also other corners of the French-speaking world. We focus specifically on issues of race, gender and sexuality as they emerge in a variety of filmic texts of the last few decades. Other considerations will include class, ethnicity, hybridity and multiculturalism. Key theoretical paradigms such as feminist film studies, queer theory and postcolonial thought will be utilized to contextualize and comprehend these categories. Conducted in French.
Prerequisite: Two 300-Level French courses
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Arts
Typically Offered: Every Third Year

FREN 491 — Tutorial

Eligible students may elect one or both of these courses with the permission of the section coordinator. Tutorials are normally offered only to students who have previously taken all other advanced courses offered in a given semester.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FREN 492 — Tutorial

Eligible students may elect one or both of these courses with the permission of the section coordinator. Tutorials are normally offered only to students who have previously taken all other advanced courses offered in a given semester.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring