Seine, Paris, France (© Anthony Pinter)

Beginning French I (101) – 3 credit hours
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. Usually taken in the fall.

Beginning French II (102) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 101 or equivalent. Continuation of French 101. Usually taken in the spring.

Beginning Independent Study (198) – 1-3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study of French at the beginning level. May be repeated with a different topic.

French in Review I, II (201-202) – 3 credits each
Prerequisite: placement test or French 102 or equivalent; French 201 or equivalent prerequisite for French 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. 201 is usually taken in the fall with 202 following in the spring.

Intermediate Independent Study (298) – 1-3 credit hours
Prerequisite:permission of instructor. Supervised independent study of French at the intermediate level. May be repeated with a different topic.

Special Topics (299) – 1-3 credit hours
Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.

French Conversation and Composition I, II (301-302) – 3 credit hours each
Prerequisite: placement test or French 202 or equivalent. Review of French with a focus on building oral and written proficiency through exposure to various media, including music, television, film, Internet, and print media. 301 is usually taken in the fall with 302 following in the spring.

Selected Short Readings in French (303)- 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. Introduction to reading literature in French. Selections of popular, classical, and modern works, including short stories, dramatic works, and poetry presented in their cultural contexts.

French Culture Through Fine Arts and Music (304) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. Study of French literature and visual and other arts (architecture, painting, sculpture, and music, including the ballet); representative sampling of works from various literary periods.

French for Business (306) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. No previous study of business expected. Emphasis on terminology and practices of commercial French. Introduction to the world of business and technology in France and Francophone countries. Study of socioeconomic issues affecting business; everyday commercial activities such as job interviews, on-the-job routines, banking. Continued development of language skills appropriate to the course topic and level of students. Students have the option to take the examination for the “Diplôme” offered by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris.

The Media and Popular Culture in France (307) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. Representative sampling and comparative analysis of television, radio, and the press, and also as reflected in popular culture.

French Cinema (310) – 3 credits
Prerequisite: FR 202, or 301, or 302, or equivalent. 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. Films, instruction, and discussion in French.

French Civilization (311) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. Examination through texts, films, and other media of major historical, intellectual, and artistic influences that have shaped the evolution of French civilization. Identification of values and myths that have contributed to the formation of modern France and continue to influence contemporary French culture.

Francophone Countries (314) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. Ideological and cultural developments in the French-speaking countries of Europe, Africa, and the Americas (Québec, French Antilles, French-speaking U.S.A., and French Guyana). Selected excerpts from works of the literary and artistic production of each country.

Explication De Textes (315) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. Introduction to French literature and culture through the analysis of the principal literary forms: poetry, drama, and prose. Texts chosen chronologically from French and Francophone literatures. Suggested prerequisite for all other French literature courses; may be taken simultaneously with other French courses at the 300 level or above.

Creative Writing in French (316) – 3 credits
Fundamentals and practice of creative writing across genres.

Paris-Plaisir (319) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. Historical, literary, and cultural legacy of the city of Paris and surrounding area, through literature (poetry, novel, drama), cultural readings, and discussion of contemporary film.

French Women (320) – 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent. 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 Hébert, Mariama Bâ, Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Hélène Cixous, and Julia Kristeva.

Readings in French Literature (325, 326) – 3 credit hours each
Prerequisite: French 315 or equivalent or permission of instructor. French 325: Middle Ages through the French Revolution; French 326: 19th century to present day.

Independent Study (398) – 1-3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study. May be repeated with a different topic.

Special Topics (399) – 1-3 credit hours
Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.

Advanced French Conversation (401) – 3 credits
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.

Advanced Grammar, Syntax, and Composition (402) – 3 credit hours
Theory and practice of correct grammatical usage based on everyday as well as literary language; guided and creative exercises in advanced composition.

French Fiction and Film (465) – 3 credit hours
Discussion of literary texts and their film versions. Special attention to the changes in narration, structure, and development of the subject.

Eighteenth-Century Studies and The Enlightenment (480) – 3 credit hours
Readings from selected authors and Diderot’s Encylopedia.

Advanced Independent Study (498) – 1-3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised independent study for advanced students. May be repeated with a different topic.

Special Topics (499) – 1-3 credit hours
Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.