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ClassID Name Description Credits
FREN 1000 Introduction to French Language and Culture A course designed to foster an understanding of the French people through the study of their customs, their institutions, and their most outstanding artistic and scientific achievements. The course is taught in English; no knowledge of French is needed. 3
FREN 1020 Francophone Culture A course designed to acquaint students with the main characteristics of the culture and civilization of countries using the French language outside of France, especially those of Africa and the Caribbean. The course is taught in English; no knowledge of French is needed. 3
FREN 1040 Basic Conversational French Strictly conversational courses for beginners. Emphasis on sentences and vocabulary related to everyday situations. 2
FREN 1050 Basic Conversational French Strictly conversational courses for beginners. Emphasis on sentences and vocabulary related to everyday situations. 2
FREN 1140 Elementary French I An introduction to the basis of the French language. Fundamentals of pronunciation, structure, and vocabulary prepare the students to carry on simple conversations in everyday, concrete situations. The four communication skills 3
FREN 1141 Elementary French II Prerequisite: FREN 1140 or the equivalent. A proficiency- based course developing the four communication skills 3
FREN 1142 Elementary French III Prerequisite: FREN 1141 or the equivalent. An interactive, proficiency-based course requiring the application of previously learned and new vocabulary and structures to the completion of a series of tasks. Students work individually and in groups to develop and present scenarios of conversations and interactions typical of real-life exchanges in a variety of settings. 3
FREN 2100 Intermediate French I Prerequisite: FREN 1141 or the equivalent. Emphasis on oral communications, reading for direct comprehension, and brief written exposition. 3
FREN 2120 Technical and Commercial French Prerequisite: FREN 2100 or the equivalent. Introduction to the language of the French and Francophone business worlds, including the economy, government policy, banking, insurance, unions, corporate law, La Bourse, advertising, import/export, and monetary policy. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 2200 Intermediate French II Prerequisite: FREN 2100 or the equivalent. Development of skills in spoken and written French, with attention to fundamental structures. Listening to authentic language samples. Reading of short journalistic and/or literary texts. 3
FREN 2300 Introduction to Francophone Literature Prerequisite: FREN 2200 or the equivalent. Guided reading of literary texts illustrating a variety of genres, periods, and movements. Composition and discussion in French. 3
FREN 3000 Applied Phonetics Prerequisite: FREN 2200 or the equivalent. Formal study and application of rules of French pronunciation. Use of IPA in transcriptions. Listening and speaking practice. 3
FREN 3080 Syntax and Composition Prerequisite: FREN 2200 or the equivalent. Progressive development of writing skills. Stress on functional grammar, syntactical, and lexical concepts. Integration of writing and other skills. 3
FREN 3100 Oral and Written Expression I Prerequisite: FREN 2200 or permission of Department. Practical speaking and listening development. Emphasis on broadened vocabulary, use of idioms, and communication strategies in both spoken and written expression. 3
FREN 3110 French Culture and Civilization Prerequisite: FREN 2200 or permission of Department. A survey of the major social, political, artistic, literary, and spiritual forces which produced the culture and civilization of France. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 3130 Francophone film Area elective credit for majors. Survey of selected Francophone and Caribbean films and filmmakers. The films - which refect the socio-political, economic and cultural issues of African and Caribbean societies at various stages in their history-are discussed within thematic, aesthetic and stylistic frameworks. 3
FREN 4110 Advanced Grammar and Composition Prerequisite: FREN 3080 or permission of Department. Integration of the formal aspects of language within the context of written expression. Diverse written assignments. 3
FREN 4200 Oral and Written Expression II Prerequisite: FREN 3100 or permission of Department. Intensive practice in the spoken and written language. Emphasis on new vocabulary and idioms through reports, discussions, and performance. 3
FREN 4210 Survey of French Lit Prerequisite: FREN 2200 or permission of Department. A panoramic view of the development of French literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 4220 Survey of Francophone Literature Prerequisite: FREN 2200 or permission of Department. A panoramic view of the development of Francophone literature in the 19th and 20th centuries. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 4230 Special Topics Prerequisite: FREN 2300, 3110 or permission of Department. Focused study on a topic or theme related to Francophone literature and/or culture, such as tradition versus modernity in French-speaking Africa and the New World, cultural assimilation versus the search for and affirmation of cultural identity, literature of political revolt, etc. May be taken two times for credit each time. 3
FREN 4300 French Literature of the Seventeenth Century A comprehensive study of the classical period in French literature, its origins, manifestations, and influences. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 4400 French Literature of the Eighteenth Century A study of the growth and development of liberalism and the idea of progress in literature during the Age of Reason, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, and the Encyclopedists. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 4420 French Literature of the Nineteenth Century A study of the major authors and literary trends in prose and poetry: Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Parnassianism, Symbolism, and the precursors of Surrealism. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 4500 French Literature of the Twentieth Century A comprehensive study of major authors and ideas from 1920 to the present time. Emphasis on Proust, Gide, Mairaux, Camus, and Sartre. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 4550 Black African and Caribbean Literature in French Study of the themes and the styles of 20th-century black writers from countries such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast through selected poems, essays, “contes, and novels. Conducted in French. 3
FREN 4600 Techniques in Translation I Techniques of translation studied through comparative language patterns. Two-way translation using various types of written prose is emphasized, and oral translation of the spoken language is introduced. 3
FREN 4610 Techniques in Translation II Techniques of translation studied through comparative language patterns. Two-way translation using various types of written prose is emphasized, and oral translation of the spoken language is introduced. 3
FREN 4700 Study Abroad Programs Courses completed with a program or university in a French-speaking country. 0 to 9
FREN 4800 Senior Seminar Advanced seminar treating a special topic in Francophone literature and/or culture chosen by the instructor. Required for majors. 3
FREN 4900 Independent Study Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Individual work under the direction of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic of study and determines the means of evaluation. May be taken two times for credit each time. 3
FREN 5000 French: A Reading Knowledge Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Designed to assist graduate students in preparing for the foreign language examination. Successful completion of course fulfills the graduate foreign language requirement. 0
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