French Courses

FREN 101, 102 Elementary French I, II

4, 4 hours

A practical approach to the French language, in which the student begins speaking French from the first day and completes the year with a basic ability to speak, write, read, and understand French. Prerequisite for FREN 102: FREN 101 or equivalent.

FREN 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

FREN 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

FREN 201, 202 Intermediate French

4, 4 hours

Review of structures through drills designed to develop skills, combined with individual practice in the language learning center. Graded readings chosen for their insights into French social and intellectual traits. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent as indicated by the placement test.

FREN 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. FREN 285 can be taken only during January Term. FREN 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

FREN 342 Introduction to French Culture

4 hours

An introduction to the study of French history, culture, and society, investigating selected trends and developments from its early history to the present that have contributed to the formation and continuing evolution of contemporary French identity. Prerequisite: FREN 202, or consent of instructor. Offered on a rotating basis. (Intcl)

FREN 344 Advanced Grammar and Composition

4 hours

An in-depth review of French grammar with systematic work in French composition. The course is intended to help students develop strategies for the production of effective written French. More complex grammatical, syntactic and stylistic structures, as well as more sophisticated vocabulary and expressions are introduced and practiced through a variety of activities: syntactic, structural and grammatical analysis of texts, study of common problem words for non-native French speakers, short translation and stylistic exercises, and guided writing projects in different genres. Prerequisite: FREN 202, or consent of instructor. (HE, W)

FREN 345 Conversation and Phonetics

4 hours

A course for advanced students wishing to increase their fluency through conversation on topics of current interest. A systematic review of problems in French pronunciation is included. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: FREN 202, or consent of instructor. (S)

FREN 346 Introduction to French Literature I

4 hours

Historical survey of French literature from the earliest texts to the end of the 17th century. Emphasis on the development of literary forms, including the epic, drama, lyrical poetry and narrative literature. Fundamental concepts of analysis and criticism are presented. Attention will be paid to increasing the student's fluency in writing. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: FREN 344, or consent of instructor. (HEPT)

FREN 347 Introduction to Commercial French

4 hours

An introduction to business in a French context, including business vocabulary, commercial correspondence, economic geography, and the role of government in business transactions. Specific topics will be addressed on a rotating basis. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: FREN 202, or consent of instructor. (HB, Intcl)

FREN 348 Introduction to French Literature II

4 hours

Historical survey of French literature from the 18th century to the present and general introduction to the principal literary forms—prose, poetry, and drama—as illustrated by some of the best known authors in the French-speaking world. Fundamental concepts of analysis and criticism are presented. Attention will be paid to increasing the student's fluency in writing. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: FREN 344, or consent of instructor. (HEPT)

FREN 380 Internship

1-2 hours

Registration in a French-speaking internship is only by permission of the French section of the Modern Languages and Literatures department and the cooperating institution. Prerequisite: FREN 202.

FREN 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

FREN 460 Topics in French Literature and Culture

4 hours

Study in depth of a particular topic as seen through primary texts. The focus will vary each year, and may include topics such as women writers, social criticism, and film. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: FREN 344, 346, or 348. (HEPT)

FREN 464 Francophone Literatures and Cultures

4 hours

A survey of the literature and/or the culture and history of a Francophone country, or the study of a literary or cultural theme in several Francophone countries. Focus will vary, depending on the literary or cultural nature of the topic as well as on the number of Francophone countries studied. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: FREN 344 or 346. (HEPT, Intel)

FREN 490 Senior Project

1, 2, or 4 hours

The senior project requirement gives students an opportunity to participate in independent study, to read relevant literature in their chosen area, to develop methods of research and analysis appropriate to their selected topic, and to construct a sustained argument in the language of their major. To enrich their work, students will be encouraged to reflect on and use their study-abroad and firsthand cultural experiences as a means of contextualizing their projects. The research paper is written in French and is presented orally as well. If students have another major in addition to French, they are not required to complte a senior project in both majors.

FREN 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement.