2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

French (FREN)

 

Courses

FREN 1001 Français élémentaire (4 Credits)

Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary with emphasis on oral skills; introduction to French and Francophone cultures. First quarter in a three quarter sequence.

FREN 1002 Français élémentaire (4 Credits)

Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary with emphasis on oral skills; introduction to French and Francophone cultures. Second quarter in a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or equivalent.

FREN 1003 Français élémentaire (4 Credits)

Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary with emphasis on oral skills; introduction to French and Francophone cultures. Third quarter in a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or equivalent.

FREN 1992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

FREN 2001 Français du deuxième degré (4 Credits)

Grammatical structures, conversation and reading of cultural and literary materials. First quarter of a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1003 or equivalent.

FREN 2002 Français du deuxième degré (4 Credits)

Grammatical structures, conversation and reading of cultural and literary materials. Second quarter of a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 2001 or equivalent.

FREN 2003 Français du deuxième degré (4 Credits)

Grammatical structures, conversation and reading of cultural and literary materials. Third quarter in a three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 2002 or equivalent.

FREN 2100 Ecrire, lire et parler (4 Credits)

Writing, discussion and reading based on a topic or topics in French and Francophone cultures. Close attention paid to paper-writing skills. Prerequisite: FREN 2003 or equivalent.

FREN 2200 Le Monde du travail (4 Credits)

Study of professional and commercial culture in France and within the European Union, along with socio-cultural issues and concerns relative to 21st-century work environment. Development of proficiency in work-related vocabulary, communication skills, as well as sensitivity to work-life balance; class, gender, and ethnicity issues in the workplace. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and one course above that level.

FREN 2400 Conversation et composition (4 Credits)

Intensive practice in spoken and written French. All aspects of the course, including vocabulary acquisition, phonetics, structural review, compositions, readings, oral presentations and comprehension exercises are presented through a topical approach to everyday French and Francophone life, literature, and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: FREN 2003 or equivalent.

FREN 2500 Qu'est-ce que la littérature? (4 Credits)

Introduction to critical analysis and appreciation of French and Francophone literary texts. Critical examination and questioning of the conventionally recognized literary genres of fiction, poetry, and theater. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Prerequisite: FREN 2400 or equivalent.

FREN 2501 La Nature et les animaux (4 Credits)

Nature and animals: as seen, imagined, and understood by humans. Literature has long made plants, landscapes, birds, and other animals into part of a human story. Through readings of French and Francophone literary texts, we will reflect on the various relationships that we construct with animals and nature. Works studied may include fables where animals serve to voice social values (La Fontaine) and poetry in which natural elements are symbolic of human concerns. But other works in this course will take a different approach: confusing or toppling the "normal" places occupied by humans and animals. Our discussions will occasionally touch on contemporary issues of environmental concern. This course many be taken in addition to other courses in the 25-series. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Prerequisite: FREN 2400 or its equivalent.

FREN 2503 La Satire (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to satire in French and Francophone literature. A classical literary technique of denunciation, satire has been recently adopted and adapted in popular televised shows (Les Guignols de l’info in France, Kouthia Show in Senegal, SNL in the US) to recapture important sociopolitical events throughout the world. In our selection of literary texts, films, and sketches such as Alioune Badara Bèye’s Les Larmes de la patrie, Moussa Absa Sène’s Tableau Ferraille and Dieudonné’s Le Président africain, we will analyze why and how authors make use of satire to denounce the most prevailing problems faced by French and Francophone societies at given times of their historical trajectories.

FREN 2701 Sujets spéciaux (4 Credits)

Selected topics in French or Francophone literature and/or culture. May be repeated for credit. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Prerequisites: FREN 2400.

FREN 2992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

FREN 2997 Internship Abroad (1-4 Credits)

A business or community experience related to French language or culture. Opportunity to work with business or community organizations. Prerequisite: FREN 2003 or above.

FREN 3110 La Grammaire à l'oeuvre (4 Credits)

Our most advanced language course, students perfect their knowledge of French grammar in all of its intricacies. Written and oral practice. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and two courses above that level.

FREN 3150 L’Art de la traduction: français-anglais et vice versa (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the art of translating/transposing a given text from one language into another without betraying the author's original intent. We read, analyze and discuss in class contemporary literary and journalistic texts originally written in French, and we translate them into English. We, as well, do the same with texts originally written in English. We also read together, analyze, and discuss in class theoretical texts on the art and techniques of translating. Prerequisites: FREN 2003 and two courses above that level.

FREN 3500 Voltaire et Rousseau (4 Credits)

French Enlightenment including Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau. Prerequisite: FREN 2500 or equivalent.

FREN 3502 Siècle de Louis XIV (4 Credits)

An analytical study of seventeenth-century French theatre in its three greatest exemplars: the tragedies of Corneille and Racine and the comedies of Moliere. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.

FREN 3504 Identité et Altérité (4 Credits)

This course offers an examination of the complex notions of Self and Other in contemporary texts in French and Francophone Studies at a crucial time when the political debate on national identity reemerges in the West in general and in France in particular. Two fundamental questions have been at the center of the national debate in France: “Pour vous, qu’est-ce qu’être français aujourd’hui?” [For you, what does it mean to be French today?] and “Quel est l’apport de l’immigration à l’identité nationale?” [ What is the contribution of immigration to national identity?]. These “controversial” questions subtly divide France into La France française [French France] and La France étrangère [foreign France]. Our textual and filmic selection features writers and filmmakers from France and the Francophone world who address these aforementioned issues by analyzing the power dynamics between the Self and the Other, the Français/es de souche [People of French descent] and the Immigré/es français/es [French Immigrants].

FREN 3505 Masques du moi (4 Credits)

Qui suis-je??? The question of self, identity, and discovering "who I am" has preoccupied many writers, filmmakers, or other artists. Identity, or one's sense of self, can be shaped by families, personal experiences, or social and historical forces. Writers might recount the "true" facts of their lived experience or mix in some fictions as they fashion a story of the self. This course will explore the diverse ways that autobiography and others ways of "writing the self" represent the relation of self, world and word. Examples will come from French and Francophone contexts. The class is conducted all in French and emphasizes discussion, writing, and critical thinking. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Prerequisite: Two courses in the 25XX series or their equivalent.

FREN 3507 Auteures classiques (4 Credits)

A comprehensive and analytical study of women authors of France from the Middle Ages to 2000. Prerequisite: two courses beyond 2400.

FREN 3600 Civilisation française (4 Credits)

An intensive overview of the history, art, music, and literature of France from the Roman era to the present. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Prerequisite: FREN 2400.

FREN 3701 Séminaire (4 Credits)

Selected authors, literary movements and genres in French-speaking world. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: FREN 2500.

FREN 3980 Internship (1-4 Credits)

FREN 3991 Independent Study (1-4 Credits)

FREN 3992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

FREN 3998 Undergraduate Honors Thesis (1-4 Credits)

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