Languages and Cultures

The French Catalog of Courses

FRENCH 100 Foundations of French Language and Culture (3) - Seeks to develop novice proficiency with emphasis on intercultural communication in the context of the Francophone world. Language laboratory activities required.

FRENCH 101 French I (3) - Seeks to develop the four language skills and acquaint students with elements of francophone culture. For students with no more than two years of French. Practice in the language laboratory required.

FRENCH 102 French II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in French. FRENCH 102 is for students who wish to continue studying French at the second level. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. General Education Goal 8 may also be satisfied through placement testing as approved by the Department of Languages and Cultures. Generally, students with two or more years of French in high school would be able to satisfy General Education Goal 8 by taking the placement test. French language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed FRENCH 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in FRENCH 102. FRENCH 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

FRENCH 203 French III (3) - Continuation of development of the four language skills. Emphasis on reading. Study of francophone culture. Practice in the language laboratory. Prerequisite: FRENCH 102 or equivalent.

FRENCH 204 French IV (Fall) (3) - Continuation of FRENCH 203. Emphasis on culture and oral communication skills. Practice in the language laboratory. Prerequisite: FRENCH 203 or equivalent.

FRENCH 205 Applied Phonetics and Pronunciation (3) - Analyzes French sound system. Drills on pronunciation and intonation. Selections of prose, poetry and songs for imitation. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 102 or equivalent.

FRENCH 206 Structure of the French Language (3) - Thorough study of grammar and syntax and use of idioms through applied exercises. Introduction to French morphology. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 204 or equivalent.

FRENCH 207 Conversation: French Daily Life and Customs (3) - Prepared and free speaking activities about everyday life and customs in francophone countries. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 204 or equivalent or concurrently with FRENCH 204 with consent of the chairperson.

FRENCH 211 Foundations of French Culture and Civilization (Fall) (3) - Presents the history of French culture and civilization from its beginnings to the French Revolution, with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on French culture. Students gain insights in the cultural history of France and Francophone cultures, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. EITHER French 211 OR French 212 can count towards the six courses for a French minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

FRENCH 212 France Today (3) - Presents contemporary French and Francophone cultures and civilizations with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, recent historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on French-speaking cultures. Students gain insights in contemporary French and Francophone cultures, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. EITHER French 211 OR French 212 can count towards the six courses for a French minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

FRENCH 281 - FRENCH 289 Special Topics (1-3) - Provides knowledge and training in fields usually not covered in regular courses. Content determined by instructor and varies each time course is offered. Topics may include French for travelers, French gastronomy, Quebec culture. Not offered every semester.

FRENCH 290 French Studies Abroad (1-6) - Prerequisite: Minimum two semesters of French or equivalent or consent of the chairperson.

FRENCH 295 Art and Culture of France (3) - Provides a study-tour of France with attention to French art as seen in relation to its social and cultural environment. Visits to places of artistic and cultural interest in and around Paris and the provinces. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

FRENCH 309 Commercial French (3) - Acquisition of French business language and terminology in reading, writing and speaking. Includes cultural content of francophone culture. Provides an introduction to business correspondence. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 204 or equivalent.

FRENCH 331 Selected 20th Century Writers (Fall) (3) - Students study French for reading and cultural knowledge; selected modern works. Prerequisite: FRENCH 204 or equivalent.

FRENCH 333 French through Film (3) - Develops awareness of French and/or Francophone cultures while improving communication skills in French at the intermediate to advanced levels through viewing, discussion and analysis of important French and Francophone films. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: FRENCH 204

FRENCH 401 Advanced French Language (3) - Presents a thorough review of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Practical application in advanced speaking including activities with development of cultural proficiency. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 206 or consent of the chairperson.

FRENCH 402 Contemporary Issues in Francophone Media (3) - Presents further development of language fluency through discussion of current topics and issues selected from francophone newspapers and magazines. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 207 or equivalent.

FRENCH 409 Commercial French II (3) - Studies French business life aiming at preparing students for internships in business in France, Quebec or a branch of a French company in the U.S. Reviews business correspondence and cultural content. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 309.

FRENCH 422 Masterpieces of French Literature (3) - Studies the most significant writers and playwrights of France. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 206 or consent of the chairperson.

FRENCH 423 Black Francophone Writers and Culture (3) - Presents major aspects of life in Black francophone countries and major writers in those countries. Taught in French. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: FRENCH 204 or consent of the chairperson.

FRENCH 490 Independent Study in French (1-9) - Provides for individual study of a particular aspect of French civilization, language or literature under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and the chairperson.