Courses in French

FRN 101. Elementary French I. Develop basic communicative proficiency in French and French-speaking cultures.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. 3 credits.

FRN 102. Elementary French II. Second semester of introductory course in French.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: FRN 101 or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 201. Intermediate French I. Continues to develop proficiency in the four language skills- listening, speaking, reading and writing- while enhancing students' knowledge of the cultures of French-speaking peoples.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: FRN 102 or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 202. Intermediate French II. Second semester of Intermediate French.   Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: FRN 201 or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 299. Orientation to Study in a French- Speaking Country. Independent study that prepares students for academic study and successful acculturation in a French-speaking country. Required in the term prior to departure on an LVC-approved Study Abroad semester program.  Prerequisite: FRN 202, or permission of the instructor. Acceptance into an LVC-approved Study Abroad semester program. 1 credit.

FRN 300. Advanced Oral Communication. Intensive practice and analysis of spoken French, including phonetics and phonology, designed to help students acquire native-like pronunciation and intonation. Class discussions and presentations will incorporate a wide range of topics related to French and Francophone life and contemporary society.  Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 310. Advanced Grammar and Writing. Discussion of advanced and complex grammatical structures. Intensive practice in written French. Development of advanced writing skills through composition assignments. Introduction to a variety of writing styles.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 330. Introduction to French and Francophone Literature. Introduction to literary studies in French. Provides the student with the basic concepts, methods, tools, and terminology used in textual analysis and literary criticism. Readings by representative French and Francophone authors from different periods, regions and genres: poetry, short story, novel, and drama.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: FRN 202. 3 credits.

FRN 350. History and Culture of France. An overview of French cultures, history, and geography, with special focus on current issues and structures in French society. Taught in French.  Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 360. History and Culture of Francophone World Countries. This course explores the culture and civilization of Francophone countries outside of France, countries where French is one of the languages spoken and where it is the main vehicle of literature and culture.  Fulfills general education requirement: Intercultural Diversity. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 375. French and Francophone Film. Examines significant contributions to cinematic art in French and Francophone cultures. Films spanning the century between the silent era and the present day will illustrate how French-language forms of cinematic expression have contributed to a world-wide cultural heritage. Introduces and applies concepts of filmmaking and film criticism. Film screenings outside of class. Taught in English, all reading and writing assignments completed in French.  Fulfills general education requirement: Disciplinary Perspectives. Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. In order to receive DSP credit, students must have junior or senior standing. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with DSP 375]

FRN 380. Global Issues in French and Francophone Societies. Explores current political, social, and economic topics such as immigration, the European Union, rights of women and minorities, the colonial legacy, and globalization as these involve France and the Francophone world. Offers students the opportunity to increase knowledge of the language and cultures of French-speaking Africa, the Americas, and Oceania, as well as France, Switzerland, and Belgium. Taught in English, all reading and writing assignments completed in French.  Fulfills general education requirement: Disciplinary Perspectives. Prerequisite: FRN 202 (French majors or minors;) GLB 101 (Global Studies majors or minors;) or permission of the instructor. Junior or Senior standing. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with DSP 381]

FRN 405. Authors and Movements in French Literature. Varying topics which focus on particular authors or literary movements in French or Francophone literature. Examples may include: Victor Hugo and the Romantics; Women writers; Writers of Négritude; French Revolutions 1789, 1848, 1968.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes.Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: FRN 300-level course, or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 440. Contemporary French and Francophone Lit. Study of major trends and cultural productions in French and Francophone literature from the Second World War to the present. Students will read a representative selection of major literary works in French, and discuss theoretical, aesthetic, and critical issues pertinent to existentialism, theater of the Absurd, colonialism and its legacies, feminism, etc. Special emphasis is placed on close reading of texts in order to train students to read critically and to discuss in context major authors, themes, and their interpretation.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: FRN 300-level course, or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 450. Themes and Genres in French Literature. Varying topics which focus on particular themes or genres in French or Francophone literature. Examples may include: Comedies from Molière to Ionesco; Paris in the Literary Imagination; Chansons from the troubadours to Jacques Brel; Bande dessinée.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes.Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: FRN 300-level course, or equivalent. 3 credits.

FRN 480. Capstone Senior Seminar in French. Culminating experience for the French major. Focus on synthesizing knowledge from previous courses into a broad historical and cultural framework. Final project will take the form of an extensive research paper.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: At least 20 hours of French credit. 1 credit.