Seine, Paris, France (© Anthony Pinter)

101. BEGINNING FRENCH I 3 cr.
Introduction to French language and culture, with focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Film; lecture; individual, pair, and group work; computer-assisted instruction. Students learn to ask and answer questions and share information about themselves, their families, and their daily activities. For students with little or no previous exposure to French or by placement test.

102. BEGINNING FRENCH II 3 cr.
Prerequisite: FR 101 or equivalent or by placement test. Amplification of language skills in a cultural context. Added emphasis on reading and writing.

198. BEGINNING INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study of French at the beginning level. May be repeated with a different topic.

201-202. FRENCH IN REVIEW I, II.
Prerequisite: FR 102 or equivalent or by placement test; FR 201 or equivalent prerequisite for FR 202. Review of beginning French; study of authentic materials dealing with French and Francophone cultures. Builds on all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), including vocabulary expansion, improved pronunciation, reading strategies, short compositions, and other writing assignments. Classroom, multimedia, computer-assisted instruction.

298. INTERMEDIATE INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study of French at the intermediate level. May be repeated with a different topic.

299. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr.
Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.

301. FRENCH CONVERSATION 3 cr.
Review of French with a focus on building oral skills through exposure to various media, including music, television, film, Internet, and print. Development of communicative competence through oral practice and use of conversational strategies and techniques.

302. WRITING AND CREATIVITY 3 cr.
Development of writing ability in French through exercises that expand the imagination, using creative writing games and exercises that rely on play, memory, and a sense of adventure. Emphasis on reading as well as writing, talking, thinking, and offering feedback on the written word.

304. FRENCH CULTURE THROUGH FINE ARTS AND MUSIC 3 cr.
Study of French literature and visual and other arts (architecture, painting, sculpture, music, and ballet); representative sampling of works from various literary periods.

305. LA CHANSON FRANCAISE 3 cr.
Examination of the French song, from the poetry of the troubadours to present day: la chanson traditionnelle et folklorique, le musette, l’opéra, le rock, le pop, le soul, le rap, le punk, le funk, le blues, la musique électronique (‹‹ la French touch ››), le reggae, le dancehall, le jazz, le raï, and others. Exploration of how songs enrich the French lexicon, including slang; linguistic analysis of words.

306. FRENCH FOR BUSINESS 3 cr.
No previous study of business expected. Multimedia introduction to the French and Francophone business world and ethics; focus on contextualized activities that use business terms in French. Role-plays, simulations of business interactions and analysis of authentic business documents help students prepare for potential employment in a French-speaking country. Students have the option to take the exam for the ‹‹ Diplôme ›› offered by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris.

307. THE MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE IN FRANCE 3 cr.
Representative sampling and comparative analysis of television, radio, music, cinema, and the press, as reflected in popular culture. Discussion of French current events in a global context. Special focus on the enduring values of the past in today’s France as well as of their metamorphosis in adapting to changing realities.

310. FRENCH/FRANCOPHONE CINEMA 3 cr.
Emphasis on selected films either as genre or as an expression of culture, civilization, language, or a combination of these, depending on the instructor’s field of specialization and student interest. Lecture and discussion in French; films in French with either French or English subtitles, depending on student ability and interest, and as mutually agreed upon by instructor and students.

311. FRENCH CIVILIZATION 3 cr.
Examination through texts, films, and other media of major historical, intellectual, and artistic influences that have shaped French civilization. Identification of values and myths that have contributed to the formation of modern France and continue to influence contemporary French culture.

314. A’S TO Z’S: FRENCH WRITERS OVERSEAS 3 cr.
Introduction to literature and artistic production in recent decades of French-speaking countries and post-colonial cultures, which forms a body of work quite distinct from literature written in France itself. Selection of key authors of the francophone world (Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, Asia, the Americas, and French-speaking Europe).

315. THE ART OF INTERPRETATION 3 cr.
Introduction to French literature and culture through close critical readings of the principal literary forms, as well as oral interpretations: poetry, drama, and prose. Texts chosen chronologically from French and Francophone literatures. The “art of interpretation,” or as the French call it, “explication de texte.”

320. FRENCH WOMEN 3 cr.
Female authors and their literary legacy through the centuries. Excerpts from works by Marie de France, Christine de Pisan, Catherine Des Roches, Madame de Sévigné, George Sand, Colette, Marguerite Yourcenar, Simone de Beauvoir, Andrée Chédid, Anne Hérbert, Mariama Bâ, Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Hélène Cixous, and Julia Kristeva.

325. PANORAMA DE LA LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE 3 cr.
Reading of selections and complete works of outstanding French authors from major genres and periods, from the beginnings to modern day. Students will read works in French, discuss their significance, and listen to short lectures to situate the readings in a historical and cultural context.

330. FRENCH PRONUNICIATION THROUGH THEATRE 3 cr.
Dissection of various elements of French speech for improving French pronunciation in the cultural context of famous tirades and dialogs written for the stage by France’s most famous playwrights. Exploration and practice of rhythm, intonation and IPA [International Phonetic Alphabet] symbols. Attention to reading proficiency and expanding vocabulary.

331. ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSTION 3 cr.
Subtleties of French phonology, morphology, and syntax, along with the development of advanced vocabulary and conversational techniques. Activities include in-depth discussion and debate of current events and real-life problems as well as oral analysis of readings.

332. CREATIVE WRITING IN FRENCH 3 cr.
Fundamentals and practice of creative writing across genres. Theory and practice of correct grammatical usage of the written word.

334. TRANSLATION IN FRENCH 3 cr.
Methods and mechanics of translation; selection of proper tools. Comparison and evaluation of translated texts.

350. FRENCH LITERATURE AND GRAPHIC NOVELS 3 cr.
Graphic novels recently adapted from French literature, including famous works by Hugo, Balzac, Proust, and Camus. Introduction to the “9th art” and exploration of literary devices. Thematic and stylistic evolution of “la bande dessinée” aesthetic, “high” versus “low” culture, societal and political changes in response to a press market increasingly driven by emerging youth, consumer culture, and anti-establishment discourse.

365. FRENCH FICTION AND FILM 3 cr.
Literary texts and their film adaptations. Focus on changes in narration, structure, and development of the subject. Introduction to the “7th art” and comparative study of literary and cinematic devices to convey ideas and attitudes.

370. FROM VERSAILLES TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION IN LITERATURE AND FILM 3 cr.
Important elements, trends, and developments (political, social, economic, cultural, and religious) from the early 17th century through the French Revolution. Films chosen to reflect student interest. Readings of epoch-making works by Racine, Pascal, Molière, Mme de Lafayette, Madame de Sévigné, Rousseau, Voltaire, and others.

380. EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT 3 cr.
Close reading of excerpts from selected authors (Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot); examination of the changes on stage from Marivaux, to Beaumarchais, and to the ballet of La Fille Mal Gardée (1789). Emphasis on selected plates from Diderot’s Encyclopedia and corresponding entries describing artisanal work.

398. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study. May be repeated with a different topic.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr.
Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.

410. SENIOR CAPSTONE IN FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES 3 cr.
Independent research project chosen in consultation with a capstone advisor. The capstone project should reflect both the student’s interest in French and the courses s/he has taken to fulfill the major. Possibilities include an independent study, a capstone course, or an academic experience in a French-speaking country.

498. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study for advanced students. May be repeated with a different topic.

499. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr.
Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.