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FREN 121 Intensive Elementary French
Units: 2
Description
Introduction to French language and culture. Emphasis on oral communication. Development of elementary reading and writing skills.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

FREN 221 Intensive Intermediate French
Units: 2
Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)
Description
Reinforcement of communicative language skills. Increased emphasis on reading, writing, and culture.
Prerequisites
French 121 or equivalent.

FREN 301 French Conversation through Cinema
Units: 1
Description
Development of speaking ability in French, with stress upon vocabulary expansion, pronunciation and communicative accuracy, through representations of French culture in film.
Prerequisites
French 221 or permission of department.

FREN 304 French Grammar Review
Units: 1
Description
An in-depth study of French grammar designed to improve the written expression of more advanced students in preparation for writing.
Prerequisites
French 301, 305, 306, 311, or permission of instructor.

FREN 305 Writing in French through Culture and Literature
Units: 1
Description
Develops competent writing skills through topics in French and Francophone literature and culture. Students will engage in writing exercises in a variety of textual genres including essay, review, explication de texte (textual explication), and short paper.
Prerequisites
French 221 or permission of department.

FREN 306 French at Work
Units: 1
Description
Task-based course designed to develop students' ability to interact in French situations specific to the workplace. Acquisition of business terminology and etiquette and exploration of cross-cultural differences, economic and political issues influencing business in the French-speaking world.

FREN 311 French and Francophone Culture
Units: 1
Description
Exploration of significant themes and issues in contemporary French and Francophone cultures set in the context of French history and cultural traditions.
Prerequisites
French 221 or permission of department.

FREN 320 The Individual in Society
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Introduces students to works of literature written in French from a variety of genres (poetry, prose, and theatre) and to critical writing in French.
Prerequisites
French 305 plus one of the following: French 301, 304, 306 or 311.

FREN 324 Francophone Cultures and Literatures
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Explores contemporary Francophone literatures and cultures through texts by African, Caribbean, Maghrebian, and Canadian writers.
Prerequisites
FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311.

FREN 325 The Origins of France
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Studies in French literature, history, and culture from the Medieval period to the Enlightenment.
Prerequisites
FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311

FREN 326 Revolution in France
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Studies in French literature, history, and culture related to the concept of revolution with special emphasis on the Enlightenment and the 19th century.
Prerequisites
FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311

FREN 327 The Question of Modernity
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Studies in French literature, history, and culture related to modern French society and the French-speaking world.
Prerequisites
FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311

FREN 388 Individual Internship
Units: .25-1
Description
Internship experience outside of the department in fields related to French studies. No more than 1.5 unit of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Permission of the department.

FREN 389 Practice Assistantship
Units: .5
Description
Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequence in French. The practice assistantship does not count as credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.
Prerequisites
Permission of the department.

FREN 397 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Prerequisites
French 221 or permission of department.

FREN 402 Advanced French Conversation
Units: 1
Description
Development of advanced speaking skills beyond 301 level.
Prerequisites
French 301.

FREN 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

FREN 412 French and Francophone Culture in Conversation
Units: 1
Description
For advanced students of French. Further refines and enhances oral expression and explores topics in current events in the French and Francophone world and how those events relate to the past. Broaden vocabulary, hone grammatical precision, and expand the sophistication of spoken French. Critical analysis of French and Francophone cultural production through oral presentations and leading class discussion.
Prerequisites
FREN 320, 324, 325, 326, or 327.

FREN 414 Advanced French Grammar and Culture Studies
Units: 1
Description
An in-depth review and focused investigation of French grammar and syntax designed to further refine and enhance the written expression of more advanced students of French. Also explores French grammar "in action" through personal and creative writing, the study of contemporary cultural issues, and consideration of the French language as alive and evolving.
Prerequisites
FREN 320, 324, 325, 326, or 327.

FREN 415 Traduction
Units: 1
Description
Translation of literary, journalistic, and technical texts from French to English and English to French. Includes a community-based learning component (involving both linguistic and "cultural" translation), an introduction to interpreting techniques, and readings on different theories of translation.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 420 The French Middle Ages
Units: 1
Description
Analysis of issues such as morality and literacy, governance, social order, human values and ideals, authorship, gender, and artistic production as manifested in significant texts from the 11th to the 15th centuries.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 421 Renaissance
Units: 1
Description
Exploration of literature of a France transformed by Reformation and Renaissance: the poetry of love; devotion and play; the prose of wisdom.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 422 Le Siècle Classique
Units: 1
Description
Exploration of both triumphs and powerful tensions within 17th-century culture, with attention to such issues as political patronage of the arts, women intellectuals and salon culture, courtly life at Versailles, social satires of Molière, and place of dissent within the absolutist state.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 423 Enlightenment
Units: 1
Description
Literary and philosophical texts of 18th century, emphasizing questions on selfhood, social life, gender relations, and power. Topics include the libertine tradition, novel and society, women writers and Enlightenment's others.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 424 From Romanticism to Decadence
Units: 1
Description
Issues of gender, subjectivity, and socio-historical contexts in works by poets, novelists and historians in the numerous and varied cultural movements of 19th-century France. Recent topics include visual culture in 19th-century France and literary and cultural scandals.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 461 From Modern to Postmodern
Units: 1
Description
Trends in 20th century and contemporary French poetry, drama, and fiction, set in the context of painting, film and experimental art forms. Recent topics include otherness, gender, creativity, the nature of truth, and the quest for self-expression.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 462 Contemporary Ideas
Units: 1
Description
Readings and discussion of recent works which have provoked political or intellectual debate in France and the French-speaking world.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 465 French Film
Units: 1
Description
Survey of development of French cinema with emphasis on the contemporary period. Introduction to film aesthetics and film theories. Film topics include French current events and trends, personal and social challenges, ethnicity, women's issues, and historical or political perspectives.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 467 French Culture in the Making: Conception and Actualization of a French Film Festival
Units: 1
Description
Experience in the creation and preparation of a major cultural event on French cinema leading to significant enhancement of knowledge of French contemporary cinema and culture, substantial improvement of French language skills, and exposure to cultural management. Activities will be carried out in French and include writing, editing, translation and interpretation, film programming, advertisement and marketing development, outreach promotion, media relations at the local, national, and international levels, and event management. (Same as FMST 367.)
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 471 Francophone Studies
Units: 1
Description
Literary and cultural studies of modern Francophone texts by African, Caribbean, Québecois, Maghrebian, and other French-speaking writers. Recent topics include: tradition, postcolonialism and modernity; aesthetics; négritude; and globalization.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 486 Paris as Visual Cliché
Units: 1
Description
Examines a variety of visual clichés related to the city of Paris and analyzes them using literature, cultural studies, cultural theory, and visual analysis.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

FREN 491 Honors Thesis I
Units: .5
Description
Research on a topic of interest, design of an original thesis and draft of a first version of the honors thesis under the supervision of a thesis's advisor. Graded Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites
Acceptance into French Honors Program

FREN 492 French Honors Thesis II
Units: 1
Description
Completion of a 25-30 page honor thesis and presention of research at the French Studies Symposium.
Prerequisites
French 491

FREN 495 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

FREN 497 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Experimental topics based on student and faculty interests. Recent topics: autobiography, the emergence of drama, the letter in philosophy and literature, women writing in French.
Prerequisites
Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.