FREN 101 Elementary French 1
An intensive introduction to practical French with an emphasis placed on the four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Four class periods per week. Fall semester, each year.
FREN 102 Elementary French 2 - GS 7
Continuation of FREN 101. Each semester. See General Education Extended Course Description.
FREN 203 Intermediate French 1 - GS 7
Study of intermediate language through grammar, vocabulary, conversation, readings, composition, and culture. Four class periods per week. Prerequisite: FREN 102. Each semester. See General Education Extended Course Description.
FREN 204 Intermediate French 2 - GS 7
A continuation of 203 with emphasis on developing facility in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: FREN 203. Spring semester each year. See General Education Extended Course Description.
Advanced Courses in Civilization, Language and Literature:
FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism
An introduction to major trends in French literature, including critical terminology and concepts, through class discussion of major works of poetry, prose and drama. Prerequisite: FREN 204 or consent. Fall semester.
FREN 328 Classicism
A study of the thought and literary movements of the seventeenth century, as seen in the works of authors such as Corneille, Racine, Moliere, Mme de Lafayette, and La Fontaine. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or consent. Fall semester, alternate years.
FREN 349 Nineteenth-Century French Literature
A study of the major trends in the French novel: romanticism, realism and naturalism as seen in the works of authors such as Chateaubriand, Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Flaubert and Zola. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or consent.
FREN 350 Twentieth-Century French Literature
A critical study of the major French novelists of the twentieth century: Proust, Gide, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Sagan, Camus. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or consent.
FREN 375 French Civilization
A background of history, art, and institutions as an aid to the understanding of the principal movements in French literature and thought, and to appreciate the French people. Prerequisite: FREN 204 or consent. Spring semester, each year.
FREN 389 Special Topics
Topics of special interest, dealing with Francophone literature, civilization or culture. Course may be taken more than once for credit if topic is different. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or consent. Generally taken abroad.
FREN 390 Advanced Conversation and Composition
Emphasis on developing facility in oral expression based on Francophone literatures and cultures. Attention to phonetics, pronunciation and syntax. Development of more difficult and sophisticated patterns of expression. Prerequisite: FREN 305 or consent of instructor. Generally taken abroad.
FREN 400 Senior Capstone Seminar
This course will examine a host of contemporary issues in post-1945 French and Francophone society through various media, including literature. Focus will vary from year to year but will generally include an in-depth look at decolonization, French Indochina, the Algerian war of independence, immigration, racism, the European Community, and women's issues. Course work stresses oral and written communication. Prerequisite: FREN 375. Spring semester, alternate years.
FREN 490 Independent Study
For upper level students in lieu of a regular course; plan of work must be approved before registering. Reports, papers, and examination. Prerequisite: Two courses above FREN 204 or consent of instructor.
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