French Courses

FR 1000. Beginning Conversational French I (3)
An introductory course using a conversational approach. The overall objective is to promote understanding and appreciation for the foreign language by being able to communicate on a basic level in the foreign language. Culture capsules are added when appropriate.

FR 1010. Beginning Conversational French II (3)
A continuation of FR 1000. The overall emphasis in the course is on further development of oral skills. Prerequisite: FR 1000 or equivalent.

FR 1100. Fundamentals of French I (4)
Fall semester
A basic course designed to develop the skills students need for oral and written communication. Complementary video and computer-assisted instruction to introduce students to broader aspects of French culture and develop oral fluency. Class four hours, assigned laboratory work one hour a week.

FR 1150. Fundamentals of French II (4)
Spring semester
A continuation of FR 1100. Students further develop oral proficiency, reading and writing skills. Class four hours, assigned laboratory work one hour a week. Prerequisite: FR 1100 or approval of instructor.

FR 2050. Conversation and Composition I (3)
Conversational practice and short themes with continuing emphasis on grammar, vocabulary and usage. Culture capsules are included when appropriate. Prerequisite: FR 1150 or approval of instructor.

FR 2060. Conversation and Composition II (3)
Continuation of FR 2050. Prerequisite: FR 2050 or approval of instructor.

FR 2100. Intermediate French I (3)
Fall semester
The course strengthens the student's grasp of grammar, and builds vocabulary to allow handling of more complex and idiomatic language. Cultural readings in French are included. Prerequisite: FR 1150 or equivalent.

FR 2150. Intermediate French II (3)
Spring semester
Continuation of French 2100 with more of a focus on historical and/or cultural readings and materials. Prerequisite: FR 2100 or approval of instructor.

FR 2800. Introduction to the Comedies of Molière (1)
A course designed as a survey for a general audience of some of the major works of Molière. Background information on French writing and the culture of Molière's time is considered as well as interpretation and analysis of the work in translation. Creative exercises and scenes from the plays are presented. Prerequisite: FR 2150 or approval of instructor.

FR 3100. Advanced Composition and Conversation I (3)
Fall semester
This course is a study of advanced French grammar construction, various styles of composition and speaking. Readings are included with each unit. Prerequisite: FR 2150.

FR 3150. Advanced Composition and Conversation II (3)
Spring semester
Continuation of FR 3100. Brief literature selections are included. This course prepares the student for the Introduction to French Literature (FR 3700) course. Prerequisite: FR 3100 or approval of instructor.

FR 3200. French for the Professional (3)
This course introduces the student to the language of various branches of business (management, marketing, banking). New terminology is stressed as well as the command of grammar and structures needed for composition. Attention is given to writing application letters, résumés, short reports and various types of business letters. Prerequisite: FR 2150 or approval of instructor.

FR 3400. Introduction to French Civilization and Culture (3)
A survey of modern France focusing on such topics as geography, monuments, transportation, education, government, industry and everyday life. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: FR 2150 or approval of instructor.

FR 3500. Introduction to French Film (3)
An introduction to concepts of French film, the development of film in France and film in the life of the French, with close study of selected films and creative writing in French. Prerequisite: FR 2150 or approval of instructor.

FR 3700. Introduction to French Literature (3)
This course is designed to give the student a broad scope of French literature as well as a historical context to facilitate comprehension. Students are given an introduction to movements, genres and styles and begin to address the critical study of literature. Texts are discussed and analyzed in French. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor. (LTI)

FR 3800. Conversational Fluency (3)
A course designed for students who wish to practice oral communication skills. Discussions include contemporary topics, concerns researched by students and reader/viewer responses to texts and movies. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor.

FR 3850. Francophone Cultures (3)
A survey of cultural aspects of francophone regions in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, Africa, etc., with a focus on Haiti, Martinique and Québec. Cultural aspects include art, music and religion, with background information on history and politics. Similarities but also differences between these regions and France are discussed. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor.

FR 3870. French Writers and Religion (3)
The study of selected readings whose major topics and themes are related to religion. While at least half of the readings to be considered will be associated with Catholicism, diverse traditions and perspectives may also be represented, particularly when selections are made from contemporary works. (Also offered in Paris on demand.) Prerequisite:
FR 3150 or approval of instructor.

FR 3880. The Comedies of Molière(3)
Study in French of the major works of Molière. Background information, reception of the plays and literary criticism will be taken into consideration. Creative exercises and scenes from the play will be performed both informally and formally. Prerequisite: FR 3100 or approval of the instructor.

FR 3890. French Women and Literature (3)
A survey of the French writings of representative major women authors from the twelfth century through the present day. Awareness of the tradition of writings in French by women and their literary accomplishments is gained and common themes and concerns are considered. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor. (LTII)

FR 4200. Survey of French Literature I (3)
A survey of literature from the 12th through the 17th century. Sustained discussion of the works studied in French. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor. (LTII)

FR 4250 Survey of French Literature II (3)
A survey of French literature from the 18th century through the present day. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor. (LTII)

FR 4300. Nineteenth Century French Novel (3)
Study of the novels of major 19th century authors such as Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal and Zola with oral and written response in French. Continued attention to language skills. Some film versions in video of the novels studied may be viewed. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor. (LTII)

FR 4350. Contemporary French Novel (3)
Study of the novels of major 20th century authors such as Mauriac, Bernanos, Malraux, St. Exupéry, Camus, Sartre, Duras and Sarraute. Selections may vary. Discussion and creative writing in French as well as presentations of parts of the novels. Some film versions in video of the novels studied may be viewed. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor. (LTII)

FR 4800. Contemporary French Theater (3)
Study of the plays of major 20th century authors such as Claudel, Cocteau, Giraudoux, Sartre, Camus, Anouilh, Genet, Jarry, Artaud, Beckett and Ionesco. Selections may vary. Discussion and creative writing in French as well as presentations of parts of the plays. Some film versions in video of the plays studied may be viewed. Prerequisite: FR 3150 or approval of instructor. (LTII)

FR 4940. Senior Capstone (3)
Independent or collaborative research into major focus area; written/oral/artistic/presentations required to demonstrate mastery of major area of study and good level of language proficiency. Required to fulfill major.

FR 4970. Paris Internship (3)
Opportunities for students to apply their education by working in career fields related to French. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.