A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the department and can be subject to change.
Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.
For students with no previous experience with the language. An introduction to grammar, pronunciation and culture, with emphasis on developing communicative skills. No prerequisite. Staff
Continuation of 101. Prerequisite: FRN 101 or placement. Staff
Review and expansion of French language skills. Emphasis on basic language structures, with practice in the active application of these skills to the oral and written production of French. Traditional review of grammar is supplemented by use of current audio, video and digital authentic materials. Prerequisite: FRN 102 or placement. Staff
Continuation of FRN 201. Perfection of oral, aural and written language skills. Coursework may include discussion of current events in the Francophone world, based on a variety of texts from both literary and contemporary digital and print sources. Emphasis is on developing linguistic and cultural competence. Prerequisite: FRN 201 or placement. Staff
This course is designed to improve skills in oral expression and aural comprehension. Emphasis is on informed conversation and vocabulary acquisition. Coursework includes individual and group work leading to the production of audio and/or video documents in French, as well as intensive pronunciation practice, impromptu speech, and informal writing skills. Extensive use of authentic French documents found on the internet. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or placement. Piotrowski, Yetter-Vassot
This course will focus on both the process and the product of writing in French. Analysis of model texts, targeted grammar review, and advanced stylistic practice will help students develop the skills necessary to accomplish a variety of writing tasks (description, letter, portrait, narration, summary, essay). Peer and self-editing techniques will help students learn to revise their own work. In addition, a common theme (different each semester) will provide material for discussion and inspiration for written assignments. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or placement or permission of instructor. Staff
This course introduces students to different types of French and Francophone texts. We begin by learning reading strategies and the techniques used in literary and textual analysis, then we learn to produce written and oral analyses of these texts using the forms common to French literary analysis. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify principal characteristics of major genres, write analytical commentaries on prose and poetry, and will be prepared to read unfamiliar French texts critically. Prerequisite: FRN 241, FRN 242 or the equivalent. Staff
A broad overview of French civilization from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, through representative literary works and other cultural materials (painting, architecture, music, film). Prerequisite: FRN 261 or placement. Staff
A broad overview of French civilization from the Revolution to the Fifth Republic, through representative literary works and other cultural materials (painting, architecture, music, film). Prerequisite: FRN 261 or placement. Staff
This course provides an introduction to the history and culture of at least two areas of Francophonie, such as Quebec, the Caribbean, the Maghreb, and West Africa. Through literary works, films, and other materials, the course will explore the cultural, linguistic, and political interactions between France and other Francophone countries. Prerequisite: FRN 261. Hebouche
Drawing on folk tales from Africa, Quebec, and the Caribbean, as well as classic fairy tales from France, we will raise questions about the nature of storytelling and the foundation of popular tales in a culture. We will examine the tales from a variety of perspectives, borrowing from psychology, anthropology, and literary criticism to form our interpretations. This popular literature will also serve as an introduction to the history and culture of various parts of the French-speaking world. Prerequisite: FRN 261. Gasbarrone
A seminar on a single aspect of French or Francophone culture: a writer, genre, theme or movement, seen in historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: at least one course beyond FRN 261. Recent courses include La Littérature de Guerre; Victor Hugo; L’Etranger. Topic for Fall 2013: Monstrous Bodies. Open to juniors who petition the department to enroll. Hebouche
Tutorial for students who have completed FRN 241, 242 and 261. Students who have a special interest may arrange a tutorial with a faculty member. Enrollment is conditional on instructor’s permission. Staff
A seminar on a single aspect of French or Francophone culture: a writer, genre, theme or movement, seen in historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: at least two courses beyond FRN 261. Recent courses include La Littérature de Guerre; Victor Hugo; L’Etranger. Topic for Fall 2013: Monstrous Bodies. For seniors only. Hebouche
The student pursues an in-depth investigation of a topic of special interest, under the direction of an adviser. Available in the senior year as a Senior Research Project. Prerequisite: Permission of chairperson. Staff
Victor Hugo’s lengthy tale of the epic struggle between Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert is not for the faint of heart. Through its sweeping portrait of 19th-century France, Les Misérables raises timeless questions. What price should a single mother pay for the love of her child? What is the nature of crime and punishment in a truly just society? How should wealth and power be distributed among social classes? Is revolution justified? Is redemption possible? Through our close reading of the novel, key secondary texts, and careful analysis of stage and screen adaptations of the work, we will ask what life lessons (and academic skills) we may learn from an informed, critical encounter with Les Misérables. Gasbarrone
Voyages et Rencontres.
Topics in French Cinema.
Topics in Contemporary French Literature.