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Course Descriptions

French Courses:

FR 101 Elementary French I (4 SH). A course designed for students who have had less than one year of French in high school, or who wish to study French as a new language. All four basic language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – are addressed, with particular emphasis on satisfying immediate communicative needs in the language.

FR 102 Elementary French II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for FR 101. Prerequisite: FR 101 or consent of instructor.

FR 201 Intermediate French I (4 SH). A course designed for students who have a basic background in French. All four basic language skills — speaking, listening, reading, and writing — are addressed, with particular emphasis on developing oral proficiency. Prerequisite: FR 102 or consent of instructor.

FR 202 Intermediate French II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for FR 201. Prerequisite: FR 201 or consent of instructor.

FR 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 SH). A course in oral and written practice at the advanced level, designed to develop fluency in speaking and writing French. The emphasis is on the reading of cultural and literary texts, as well as current periodicals, which serve as the basis for group discussion and for writing short essays. Prerequisite: FR 202 or consent of instructor.

FR 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for FR 301. Prerequisite: FR 301 or permission of instructor.

FR 303 Commercial French (4 SH). An introduction to the technical vocabulary of international business, including the writing of business letters and the translation of magazine articles using the computer. Authentic documents and videos are used. The course also studies advertising images, immigration, and business ethics in their cultural and historical context. A competency examination is given at the end of the course. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 351 French Culture (4 SH). An introduction to major French social institutions in their historical context. The course examines the various factors (historical, social, economic, artistic) that have shaped contemporary cultural identity. The arts and popular culture are included. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 401 The Age of Louis XIV (4 SH). An examination of the works of such Baroque and Neoclassical authors as De LaFayette, Racine, and Moliere. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 402 Studies in 19th Century France (4 SH). A study of 19th century French literature within its cultural and artistic context. Authors such as Balzac, Sand, and Flaubert are included. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 403 France in the Modern Era (4 SH). An introduction to 20th century French literature that studies texts in their relationship to the society and artistic movements out of which they emerge. Authors such as Gide, Camus, and DeBeauvoir are included. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 408, 409 Topics in French (4 SH). An in-depth study of the literature of a specific area, genre, or time period, as determined by the instructor. Topics often focus on gender and/or cultural issues. Prerequisite: FR 302 or consent of instructor.

FR 590-594 Field Experience/Internship (1-4 SH). Prerequisite: FR 301 or consent of instructor.

FR 601 French Capstone (4 SH). A course required of all French majors. The course will examine in some depth a topic in the language, literature, or culture of the French-speaking world. Both classic works and some that are less well known (especially by women and minorities in less industrialized societies) will be examined. Literature, film, and cultural theory are included; methodology is interdisciplinary. Plenary sessions for this course are combined with those of German and Spanish, and are taught in English; however, French majors will also do independent research under the direction of a member of the French faculty and will write their final paper in French.

FR 620-624 Independent Study (1-4 SH). Courses designed for advanced students who are capable of undertaking individual projects in French language or literature. A comprehensive report or scholarly paper in French is required. Prerequisites: completion of at least three French courses numbered 351 or higher and consent of the department chair.

FR 660, 670, 680, 690 Honors Project (1-4 SH).

Supporting Courses

IC 101 The World of Language (4 SH). A study of the world of language from a multicultural perspective. Students will explore language origins, first and second language acquisition, and cross-cultural differences. The course will also cover such topics as body language, gesture, the relationship between language and perception, anthropological foundations, attempts to create a “universal language,” computer language, artificial intelligence, and animal communication.

IC 102 Reading the World (4 SH). An introduction to the study of culture in countries where French, German, and Spanish are spoken. The course uses texts in the broadest sense, including literature, film, advertising, and cultural theory, in order to explore culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course examines the specific content and form of these four kinds of texts and the role of gender, race, and social class in shaping them. Special emphasis is given to texts by and about women, minorities, and the Third World.

 

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