French (FREN)

101-102 Elementary Conversation (2, 2 - Irregular) Introductory course with emphasis on oral communication. Elective credit only. Does not satisfy foreign language requirement.

111 Elementary French (4 - Fall & Spring) An introductory course emphasizing listening, speaking, reading, and writing. May be used to remove a language deficiency or for students with no prior experience in this language. After passing 111, students will take the second semester of the elementary sequence, 122. Three one-hour lectures and two hours of lab.

115 Transitional French (4 - Fall & Spring) A review of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for students who have had two years of French at the high school level or equivalent as determined by the department. After completion of this course, students will take either FREN 122 or 222, depending on their overall performance in FREN 115 and their score on the final exam. Three one-hour lectures and two hours of lab.

122 Elementary French (4 - Fall & Spring) An introductory course emphasizing listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Three one-hour lectures and two hours of lab. Prereq: FREN 111 or 115 or the equivalent as determined by the department.

222 Intermediate French (4 - Fall & Spring) Grammar review, reading, writing, and conversation. Three one-hour lectures and two hours of lab. Prereq: FREN 122 or equivalent as determined by the department.

250 France Today: The French People and Their Culture (3 - Irregular) An interdisciplinary study of the French people today, with emphasis on their life-styles, customs, mentality, and overall culture. Discussion of current trends in French politics, education, media, religion, and literature and the arts (including popular culture) especially as they illustrate important cultural values and attitudes. Consideration of France's cultural influence on selected areas of the francophone world (e.g., sub-Saharan Africa and Quebec). Taught in English.

300 (500) Intensive Conversation in a Foreign Country (3 - Irregular) In-residence training in the foreign language of the area visited. The course elected must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Research project required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 222 or equivalent.

311 (511) Introduction to French Literature and the Arts (3 - Irregular) Analysis of literary and critical texts as well as art to illustrate the most commonly identified characteristics of major schools of thought and major periods from the Middle Ages to the present. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342 or instructor's approval.

321 (521) Introduction to French Civilization and Material Culture (3 - Irregular) A descriptive and critical approach to French history, geography, religious, political, social, educational, and economic institutions. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342 or instructor's approval.

341 (541) Advanced Conversation (3 - Fal) Emphasizes conversational skills. Oral practice to extend range of topics, vocabulary, fluency, and conversational strategies. Study of the phonetic system of the French language and exercises to improve pronunciation. Grammar appropriate for oral French. Discussions utilizing readings and electronic media such as videos and the internet. Class presentation of research project required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 222 or instructor's approval.

342 (542) Advanced Composition (3 - Spring) Emphasizes composition skills. Written practice to extend range of topics, vocabulary, fluency, and compositional strategies. Grammar and stylistics appropriate for written French. Practice writing expository and creative prose, translations as well as use of internet discussion lists. Class presentation of research project required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 222 or instructor's approval.

360 (560) Studies Abroad (3 - Irregular) In-residence study of the literature, language, or civilization of the area visited. Relevant field trips. Must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Research paper required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342.

370 (570) Travel Study (1-3 - Irregular) A combination of travel and study experiences in the U.S. or abroad designed to enrich students' knowledge of the target foreign language and culture. May be taught as an organized study tour under faculty supervision or as an independent travel and study project with prior department approval. Topics, prerequisites, and course requirements announced in advance. Research paper required for graduate credit. Students may repeat course with change of topic for maximum of six hours credit. Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages approval must be obtained for travel-study courses to count towards minor, major, or Certificate of Proficiency. Not regularly offered.

381-382 (581-582) Survey of French Literature (3, 3 - Irregular) Selected readings to give students an acquaintance with important personalities, movements, and ideas in French literature. 381: Beginning to 17th century. 382: 18th century to present. Research paper required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342 or departmental approval.

401 Foreign Language Internship (3 - Irregular) Utilization of the target foreign language in a monitored work environment. Appropriate placements may be found locally, nationally, or abroad. Students may or may not be paid. Evaluation by both supervising instructor and on-the-job supervisor. Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages approval must be obtained for internships to count towards minor, major, or Certificate of Proficiency. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342.

451 (651) The Language of Business and the Professions (3 - Spring, Even Numbered Years) Study of the basic terminology and documents of business and various professions as practiced within the francophone world. In addition to business, professions such as communications, travel and tourism, agriculture, and criminology will be covered. Composition of business letters and resumes, translation, and presentation of oral reports. Research paper required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342 or instructor's approval.

491 (691) French Cinema (3 - Fall, Odd Numbered Years) A survey of French cinema from the turn of the century to the New Wave of the 1960s and '70s. Discussion of the films of major French directors with emphasis on how each film contributes to the development of a national tradition and reflects important issues in French society. Research paper required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342 or instructor's approval.

495-496 (695-696) Topics in French Language, Literature, or Civilization (1-3, 1-3 - Irregular) Study of selected aspects of French language, literature, or civilization. Taught in French. Topics and prerequisites announced in course schedule. Research paper required for graduate credit. Students may repeat course with change of topic. Only six hours of topics courses may count towards a minor, major, or Certificate of Proficiency. Not regularly offered.

498-499 (698-699) Independent Study (1-3, 1-3 - Irregular) Directed reading or research under supervision of a staff member. Available only to Juniors and Seniors having completed at least six hours of upper-division coursework in French. Project must be approved by faculty in the discipline concerned and the department chair. Research paper required for graduate credit. Students may take no more than six hours of independent study.

701 Special Topics for Non-Native Foreign Language Professionals (2-4 - Irregular) Intensive oral and written drill combined with specialized research projects. Concentrated study on areas of professional need and interest. Prereq: An undergraduate degree with a foreign language minor, or instructor's approval.

 



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