Course Descriptions

FR 101-102 Beginning French I, II          3 CR each
Intended for beginning-level students. Emphasis on building communicative competence and oral proficiency. All four skill areas covered, including reading, writing, listening and speaking. An appreciation of French and Francophone cultures integral to course.  Multimedia tools (videos, CDs, Internet sources) enhance course.

FR 107-108 Beginning French Language and Culture in France I and II          3-4 CR each
Beginning level language courses taken in France. Students placed according to their level. Focus on oral and written expressions. Study of French culture integral to course.

FR 151-152 Intermediate French I, II          3 CR each
Continued emphasis on communicative competence and oral proficiency. Review and intensified study of grammar. Readings, vocabulary building, composition, listening comprehension, and conversation. French and Francophone cultures integral to course.  Multimedia tools (videos, CDs, Internet sources) enhance course.  Prerequisite for FR 151 is FR 102; Prerequisite for FR 152 is FR 151; or placement.

FR 157-158 Intermediate French Language and Culture in France I and II          3-4 credits each
Intermediate-level language courses taken in France.  Students placed according to their level.  Continued development of oral and written expression.  Study of French culture integral to course.

FR 201-202 Topics in French Language and Culture I and II          3 CR each 
Designed to fortify proficiency in the various skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and cultural awareness.  Prepares students for upper-division literature and culture classes.  Includes complex grammar review and extensive writing in various styles and genres; cultural and literary readings; oral expression.  Audiovisual and/or technological materials incorporated into class.  Prerequisite for FR 201 is FR 152 or placement; Prerequisite for FR 202 is FR 201 or placement.

FR 203 Advanced Conversation and Contemporary Issues          3 CR
Development of advanced proficiency and communicative competence through discussion of current events and contemporary issues.  Varied readings (newspapers, magazines, technological sources) and activities (debates, skits).  Prerequisite: FR 152 or placement.

FR 204 Explorations in French Film          3 CR
Key films in French Cinema.  Depending on semester, either overview of tradition or focus on particular period/movement.  Cultural and historical contexts of films.  Improvement in critical and linguistic skills. Prerequisite FR 152

FR 251 Early French Writers          3 CR      
A survey of representative literary texts from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century.  Discussion of historical and cultural context. Several literary genres (novel, poetry, drama, etc.) treated.  Critical techniques introduced.  Taught in French.  Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.


FR 252 French and Francophone Writers Then and Now          3 CR
A survey of representative literary texts from the eighteenth century to the present day.  Discussion of historical and cultural context.  Both canonical and lesser-known works in several literary genres (novel, poetry, drama, autobiography, etc.) treated.  Critical techniques introduced.  Taught in French.  Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 280 French Civilization and Culture        3 CR
Promotes understanding of the history and culture of the French with emphasis on arts, politics, language, thought and lifestyle. Readings, films, the visual arts and music are incorporated. Audiovisual and /or technological materials incorporated into class. Taught in French.
Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 281 Francophone Civilization and Culture        3 CR
Content varies.  Promotes understanding of Francophone peoples through their histories, cultures, politics, religious beliefs and lifestyles. Readings, films, the visual arts and music are incorporated. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 282 Business French        3–4 CR
Focuses on commercial French style and cultural aspects of business life in France and the Francophone world. Emphasis on commercial vocabulary and idioms most used in business situations. Prerequisite: FR 152 or placement.

FR 283 Franco–Italian Connections        3–4 CR
Content varies. Comparative course focusing on historical and cultural connections and contrasts between France and Italy. May treat particular period (war years, contemporary times). Can include literature, film, music and the visual arts. Taught in English with language-specific assignments for foreign language students. Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 315 Paris        3 CR
Focuses on culture of Paris through art, history, literature, music, film and popular culture. May treat particular period (Paris during the Revolution, contemporary Paris). May include issues such as Paris as cultural center, expatriates in Paris and the future of the city. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 316 Quebec        3 CR
Focuses on Quebec region in its historical and cultural contexts. Includes issues such as national identity, language and the relationship to France. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 353–359 Topics in French/Francophone Film        3–4 CR
Content varies. Study of particular film directors, movements (Poetic Realism, New Wave), periods and genres. Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 363–369 Topics in French/Francophone Culture        3–4 CR
Content varies. Study of particular periods (French Revolution), places, movements and representative individuals (politicians, artists).
Prerequisite: FR 201 and FR 202 or placement.

FR 371 Literary Travelers, Exiles, and Expatriates        3–4 CR
Treats literary representations of travel, exile and expatriation. Emphasis on works in a variety of genres including novel, autobiography, and letters. Issues include life abroad and life in exile, bicultural and multicultural identity, displacement and subjectivity, bilingualism and confrontations with foreign cultures. May treat specific period. Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 372 Women Writers        3–4 CR
Treats literary works by French and Francophone women in a variety of genres including novel, autobiography, drama, poetry, and letters. Discussion of feminist literary criticism and theory. May treat specific period. Prerequisite: FR 201 and 202 or placement.

FR 373–379 Topics in French/Francophone Literature        3–4 CR
Content varies. Study of particular authors, movements (Surrealism), periods and genres (novel, drama). Prerequisite: FR 201 and FR 202 or placement.

FR 399 Independent Study        1–3 CR
Work on special topic to be arranged with instructor who directs work. Permission of the department chairperson is granted to qualified students in French on basis of written prospectus. By special arrangement.