Courses in French

FRN 101. Elementary French I. Develop basic communicative proficiency in French and French-speaking cultures.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. This course does not meet the new "Language and Culture" requirement of the common learning experience. 3 credits.

FRN 102. Language and Culture in the French Speaking World - Elementary Level. This is an active and immersive language and culture course, taught almost entirely in French in which students will develop elementary-level skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French and cultural awareness of the cultures associated with French.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: FRN 101 or placement test. Corequisite: FRN 102L. 4 credits.

FRN 200. Language and Culture in the French- Speaking World - Intermediate Level. This is an active and immersive language and culture course, taught almost entirely in French in which students will develop intermediate-level skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French and cultural awareness of the cultures associated with French.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: FRN 102 or placement test. Corequisite: FRN 200L. 4 credits.

FRN 280. Language and Culture in the French- Speaking World - Advanced Level. Intensive practice and analysis of written and spoken French, including phonetics and phonology. Development of more complex grammatical structures and advanced writing skills through composition assignments. Reading and presentations will prepare students for academic study and successful acculturation in a French-speaking country.   Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: FRN 200 or placement test 4 credits.

FRN 350. French Culture and Civilization. An overview of French culture, history, and geography. Major cultural values and beliefs will be analyzed and compared to values and beliefs in American culture.  Fulfills general education requirement: Prerequisite: FRN 280 or placement test with the permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

FRN 360. Francophone Cultures and Civilizations 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. Cultural values and perspectives will be analyzed and compared to values in American culture.  Fulfills general education requirement: Intercultural Diversity. Prerequisite: FRN 280 or placement test with the permission of the instructor. 4 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.   Fulfills general education requirement: Disciplinary Perspectives. Prerequisite: FRN 280 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. In order to receive DSP credit, students must have junior or senior standing. 4 credits.

FRN 380. Global Issues in French and Francophone Societies. Explores current political, social, and economic topics such as immigration, the European Union, rights of minorities, the colonial legacy, and globalization.   Fulfills general education requirement: Disciplinary Perspectives. Prerequisite: FRN 280, or placement with permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

FRN 405. Readings in French and Francophone Literature. Varying topics which focus on particular authors, genres or literary themes in French or Francophone literature. Examples may include: 20th Century: Confronting/Constructing Modernity; Women Writers; Writers of Negritude; Drama and Revolution.   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 280 or placement test with permission of the instructor. 4 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.