Course Descriptions

FREN131. Elementary French I

A communicative approach to French. Basic listening and reading skills are developed, and emphasis is also placed on oral and written production. Use of Language Laboratory will reinforce classroom activities. No prerequisite. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester



FREN132. Elementary French II

A continuation of FREN 131. Prerequisite: FREN 131 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.



FREN135. French Culture for English Speakers

Taught in English, this is a General Education course open to all students at all levels of study. It provides an overview of French history, as well as an introduction to key products, perspectives, and practices of contemporary French culture. Topics to be explored include religion, family and other social structures, movies, literature, fashion, sports, art, and the media. This course will also help students develop the critical thinking skills needed for more advanced courses in history and culture. No prior knowledge of French language or culture is required, and there is no pre-requisite. May count toward the culture requirement of the French Minor with advisor approval. Credit, 3 hours. Offered at least once per academic year.



FREN231. Intermediate French I

A further development of the basic skills of the language, including more advanced grammar concepts, short compositions, readings from literature or the media, and more extensive use of video and film. Use of the Language Laboratory will reinforce classroom activities. Prerequisite: FREN 132 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.



FREN232. Intermediate French II

A review course to work on strengthening basic grammar and vocabulary as well as developing communicative skills in French. Prerequisite: FREN 231 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.



FREN331. French Composition & Conversatn I

A course to aid students in the mastery of vocabulary structures and stylistic techniques necessary for correct, effective oral and written expression in French. Prerequisite: FREN 231 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered odd spring semesters.



FREN332. Francophone Culture & Communication

A course that enhances reading and writing skills in French, as well as intercultural competence, through the study of the Francophone world as seen in contemporary French-language literature and film of Europe, Africa, Canada, and more. Prerequisite: FREN 231 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered on a regular rotation with FREN 333 and FREN 334.



FREN333. French Civilization

An in-depth exploration of modern France and the French, including family and home life, government and politics, business and economy, religion, literature and the arts, and popular culture. Prerequisite: FREN 231 or equivalent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered on a regular rotation with FREN 332 and FREN 334.



FREN334. Survey of French Literature I

A survey of major writers and literary movement in France, from the Middle Ages to the present. Prerequisite: FREN 232 or instructor consent. Credit, 3 hours. Offered on a regular rotation with FREN 332 and FREN 333.



FREN401. Trends and Themes in French Cinema

This is a General Education Integrated Studies course open to juniors and seniors in which no prior experience with the French language or culture is necessary, although French Minors may, with advisor permission, include this course in the Minor. In this course we will be exploring dominant features of French cinema, particularly in the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st. Specific topics will change with each offering of the course, with likely themes to include the representation of World War II in French film, the adaptation of great works of French literature into film, cinema by and about women, the French New Wave, or postcolonial cinema of the Francophone world (Europe, Canada, Africa, and Southeast Asia). This Integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section IVB of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours.



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