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FRN 1001/1002: Introductory French I and II (4 cr. each.)

An introduction to French language, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as, the reading of short dialogues and cultural texts, with the aim of developing the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Language laboratory drills.  Prerequisite for Introductory French II: Introductory French I, or its equivalent.  (Fall) (Spring)



studentEiffelFRN 2001/2002: Intermediate French I and  II (3 cr. each)
Intermediate French I and II enhance students' foundation in French helping them improve their ability to listen, to communicate orally, to read literary and cultural texts, and to express themselves in writing.  Conducted in French, the course will continue students' exploration of French language culture through readings, songs, films, and the World Wide Web, exploring a variety of topics such the Francophone world, immigration in France, French cinema and television, the French educational system, and French youth.  Prerequisite: Two or three years of high school French or its equivalent, or FRN 1001 and FRN 1002.


triumphstudsmall2FRN 2008: French Conversation (3 cr.)
The course will concentrate on improving speaking and listening skills in French. Students will learn the vocabulary and language structures as well as idiomatic expressions that will help them converse in a number of specific situations – asking for information, looking for a job, communicating with technology, speaking about French cuisine, making purchases, giving advice, and discussing issues of immigration, identity, religion, and diversity in contemporary France. They will also be introduced to current events in France and the Francophone world through newspaper and magazine articles, the Internet (TV5), video clips, films, and songs. Prerequisite: FRN 2002, or its equivalent. (Fall) (alternate years)

FRN 2009: Business French (3 cr.)
This intermediate-level French class will help students improve their command of French in order to conduct business in French or travel through French-speaking countries with greater ease. The course will introduce students to the vocabulary and structures of the French business world. Students will learn how to: engage in conversations over the telephone, arrange meetings, make travel plans and hotel reservations, look for jobs and write the curriculum vitae, interview, write business letters and e-mails, and make formal presentations.  Students will also examine the economic challenges facing French businesses in the age of globalization. The course will offer extensive grammar review. Students will read articles related to business in French print and non-print media, and analyze authentic documents from the business world. Prerequisite: FRN 2002, or its equivalent. (Spring) (alternate years)

FRN 2011: Discussing Film: Advanced French Conversation (3 cr.)
This course has two goals: to stimulate conversation in French for advanced students and to introduce students to French and Francophone culture through film. The films will serve as a springboard for students to express themselves in French and enhance their understanding of French and Francophone culture. Students will improve their linguistic abilities in the French language through a discussion of films while also being introduced to new vocabulary related to cinematography. In addition, students will expand their knowledge of French and Francophone history and culture through related readings. Prerequisite: FRN 2008, or its equivalent (Fall) (alternate years)

FRN 2055: French Cinema: From the Nouvelle vague to the cinéma de banlieue (In English) (3 cr.)
This course will conduct a thematic and stylistic analysis of French films from the late 1950s through the 1990s and examine the images of French society that emerge. Filmmakers to be studied will include François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Louis Malle, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Josiane Balasko, Ousmane Sembène, Mathieu Kassovitz and Abdellatif Kechiche. 

FRN 2055A: French Cinema: Readings and Discussion (In French) (1-cr for French majors and minors)
This 1-credit course is offered in conjunction with FRN 2055: French Cinema: From the Nouvelle Vague to the cinéma de banlieu, is a required co-requisite of FRN 2055 for French majors and minors. In addition to attending the regular class meetings for FRN 2055, this course will consist of discussions in French of the films and will include additional readings in French. Prerequisite, FRN 2008, 2011, 3003, 3024, or its equivalent (In French)

indeFRN 3003: Advanced French Language and Culture (3 cr.)
FRN 3003 guides students from intermediate to more advanced levels of French. The focus is on content that will encourage students to improve their linguistic skills in French. Reading selections and activities are designed to improve reading comprehension by introducing a variety of text types, and reinforcing the ability to use appropriate French grammar and stylistics while exploring French and Francophone culture. Although the course will emphasize improving students’ skills in all areas – reading, writing, speaking and listening - special emphasis will be placed on developing French writing skills through creative and structured writing activities. Prerequisite: FRN 2002, Intermediate French II, or its equivalent. (Fall)

FRN 3012: The 19th-Century French Novel (3 cr.)
The course introduces students to key French novels of the 19th-century, paying particular attention to the social, political, and literary contexts of these fictional narratives.  From the romantic novel of the early part of the century to the realist novels of Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert and the later naturalist novels of Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant, this course will examine how these novels depict 19th-century French society.  In addition to the novels, we will read critical and historical material on the 19th-century.  Prerequisite: FRN 3024, Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts, or its equivalent. 

becketFRN 3017/FRN 5017: World Literatures in French (3 cr.)
The course examines literature written in French outside of France by writers from the Maghreb (North Africa), the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.  A strong emphasis will be placed on the condition of women, sexuality, religion, and the postcolonial status of Francophone countries including their relationship with France.  The class will also define what constitutes Francophone literature, the use of language, and the notions of Négritude and créolité.  Course material includes historical and critical texts, novels, short stories, poems, and films by writers and filmmakers such as Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Mariama Bâ, Maryse Condé, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Azouz Begag,and Ousmane Sembène, among others.  Prerequisite: FRN 3024, Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts, or its equivalent. 

FRN 3021/FRN 5021: 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Theater (3 cr.)
In this course students read and analyze French plays by 20th and 21st century French and Francophone dramatists including Jean Anouilh, Samuel Beckett, Aimé Césaire, Marguerite Duras, Jean Giraudoux, Eugène Ionesco, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Wajdi Mouawad, among others.  The approach to the texts will center on the social, political, and cultural contexts of the plays as well as representations of class, gender, and the role of language.  Prerequisite: FRN 3024, Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts, or its equivalent. 

FRN 3024/FRN 5024: Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts (3 cr.)
This course refines the skills acquired in FRN 3003: Advanced French Language, Literature and Culture. The class will continue to review French grammar and read, analyze, and write about French literature from the 18th- through the 21st-century, including literature in French written outside of France.  The class will also read one literary work in its entirety, and continue with the study of French and Francophone culture through newspaper articles, web-related activities, songs and films. Prerequisite: FRN 3003, Advanced French Language, Literature, and Culture, or its equivalent.  (Spring)

FRN 3027/FRN 5027: French Comedy (3 cr.)
This course studies the development of French comedy from the medieval period to the 20th-century.  Plays to be read will include the medieval farce Maistre Pathelin and Ionesco's absurd play La Cantatrice Chauve, as well as comedies by Molière, Marivaux, Beaumarchais, Musset, and Ionesco.  In addition to the study of character, style and themes, the class will examine how the playwrights used comedy to reflect on their particular historical periods while commenting on the social and political situation of their times.  Prerequisite: FRN 3024, Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts, or its equivalent. 

FRN 3029/FRN 5029: The Exotic Other in the 18th-Century French Novel (3 cr.)
In the 18th-century, certain French novels and short stories showed outsiders, exotic others, from Africa, Persia, Turkey, Siam, China, Peru, and the Americas visiting Europe and commenting on what they observed there. Other works were based on accounts of actual foreigners with whom the writers came into contact through travel narratives. In this course, the class will examine the figure of the exotic other, both real and imaginary, in novels and short stories from Montesquieu's Lettres persanes (1721) to Voltaire's L'Ingénu (1767) and analyze their role within the social and political context of 18th-century French society.  Prerequisite: FRN 3024, Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts, or its equivalent.

FRN 3031/FRN 5031: French and Francophone Culture through Literature and Film (3 cr.)
This course will examine contemporary French and Francophone culture through literature and film. We will read texts about French family life, the changing role of women, social class, religion, education, housing, gastronomy, mickeysmallpolitical and social life, France’s role in Europe, immigration and urban alienation, media and technology. We will also discuss the notion of francophonie and the French presence in the rest of the world. In addition to readings from the textbook, we will read articles from French magazines, newspapers, and the internet. We will also watch contemporary French films that depict some of the socio-political issues discussed in the Prerequisite: FRN 3024, Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts, or its equivalent.

FRN 3033/FRN 5033:French Linguistics (3 cr.)
This course introduces students to the field of linguistics as applied to the French language. Students will analyze the sound system, word formation, and sentence structure in French.  Using French linguistic features, this course will discuss the history of the French language from its Latin roots to the modern-day state of the language.  Students will also explore the history and development of regional languages in France as well as changes the French language has undergone in France and in the Francophone world. (Taught in English). Prerequisite: FRN 2002, Intermediate French II, or its equivalent.

FRN 3034/FRN 3034: French Translation: French to English (3 cr.)
The main goal of this translation workshop is to improve the students' comprehension of French and writing skills in English. It will enhance the students' vocabularies in French and English as they strive to master clarity, precision and nuance in both languages. It will also foster teamwork. Students will translate a variety of texts taken from different sources: popular media-newspaper and magazine articles, websites and other online media; non-fiction - art criticism, art exhibition catalogues, and instruction manual for digital camera; literary texts. The final segment of the workshop will discuss subtitles, in English and in French, from selected films. In the course of translating these texts, students will discuss various theories and philosophies regarding translation.

pontneufFRN 3122:  City of Light: Paris Through the Ages (3 cr.)
Paris has been the center of art and literature, culture and politics from the Middle Ages to the present. Through an examination of historical and literary texts, as well as painting and film, this course will follow its progress from a medieval town to an urban conglomerate that typified modernity in the 19th-century and internationalism in the twentieth.  The focus will move from the narrow cobbled streets of the medieval period to the glittering salons of the 18th-century Enlightenment; from the great boulevards of Baron de Haussman to the pleasure palaces of the fin de siècle; from the intellectual and revolutionary hothouse of the 1950s and the 1960s to the multicultural crucible that it is today. This interdisciplinary course that will use literature and history as a primary lens but will also draw upon the academic disciplines of art, history, architecture, music, film, and sociology. (In English) 

FRN 4495: Independent Study (3 cr.)
For majors only, with permission from the Chair of the department.

FRN 3998: Senior Evaluation I (1 cr.)

FRN 3999: Senior Evaluation II (3 cr.)