FRN - French Course Descriptions

FRN 101 Elementary French I

Is an intensive introduction to French language and culture with emphasis on comprehension and active use of the spoken language, leading to the ability to function at a basic level.

Credits
3

FRN 102 Elementary French II

Is an intensive introduction to French language and culture with emphasis on comprehension and active use of the spoken language, leading to the ability to function at a basic level.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 101 or equivalent

FRN 201 Intermediate French I

Is a continuation of FRN 101- FRN 102 with a review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 102 or equivalent

FRN 202 Intermediate French II

Is a continuation of FRN 101- FRN 102 with a review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201 or equivalent

FRN 301 Intensive Review of French Grammar

Consists of a systematic study of all aspects of French grammar, syntax, and morphology. Review and expansion of student's knowledge of French vocabulary and idioms are stressed.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 302 Commercial French Translation

Provides practical exercises in translating correspondence and documents from the world of commerce and international relations. The course emphasizes understanding and rendering key concepts, while developing skill and fluency in professional writing in both French and English.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 303 Advanced Composition and Conversation I

Consist of structured practice in writing and speaking on selected topics, emphasizing specific grammatical problems. Special emphasis is placed on increasing the student's active French vocabulary.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 304 Advanced Composition and Conversation II

Consist of structured practice in writing and speaking on selected topics, emphasizing specific grammatical problems. Special emphasis is placed on increasing the student's active French vocabulary.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 305 Theme and Version

Is an intensive study of French grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and idiomatic expression through written translations from English to French (theme) and from French to English (version).

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 306 Phonetics and Phonology

Consists of a detailed study of the French sound system (morphology, sound production, and intonation) through a variety of pronunciation exercises, as well as transcriptions of French texts using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 322 Francophone World Cultures

Presents the history of French colonialism and the growth and development of unique cultures among a variety of francophone peoples of the world, especially North and West Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec. Lectures, readings, and discussions are conducted in French.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 326 French Cinema

Introduces some of the major themes, techniques, movements and directors of this most important art form of the 20th century. The course teaches the critical skills required for making informed judgments on the artistic merits and deficiencies of cinematic works. Open to all students, with lectures, discussions, and readings in English.

Credits
3

Cross Listed Courses

FLM 326

FRN 400 Internship

Is a work-experience opportunity with the purpose of expanding education by applying accumulated knowledge in French. The availability of internships is limited to upper level students, normally juniors and seniors with a 2.5 quality point average. Students are approved individually by the academic department. A contract can be obtained from the Career Services Office in Starvaggi Hall. Internships count as general electives.

Credits
1-6

Prerequisites

French junior or senior standing and permission of the department chair. Internships must be preapproved.

FRN 407 French Civilization & Literature I (Medieval/Renaissance)

Traces significant aspects of French civilization and literature from its origins to the end of the 16th century including history and society; evolution of culture and ideas; survey of literary genres and works; and artistic trends. Lectures, readings, and discussions are conducted in French.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 408 French Civilization & Literature II (17th & 18th Centuries)

Traces significant aspects of French civilization and literature of the Classical Age and the Enlightenment including history and society; evolution of culture and ideas; survey of literary genres and works; artistic trends. Lectures, readings, and discussions are conducted in French.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 409 French Civilization & Literature III (19th Century)

Traces significant aspects of French civilization and literature from the Napoleonic era to the onset of World War I including history and society; evolution of culture and ideas; survey of literary genres and works and artistic trends. Lectures, readings, and discussions are conducted in French.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 410 French Civilization & Literature IV (20th & 21st Century)

Traces significant aspects of French civilization and literature from World War I to the present day including history and society; evolution of culture and ideas; survey of literary genres and works; and artistic trends. Lectures, readings, and discussions are conducted in French.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent

FRN 424 Readings in Francophone World Literature

Consists of the study of representative literary works by international francophone authors, especially those from North and West Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec. Lectures, readings, and discussions are conducted in French.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent plus one course above FRN 202 (other than FRN 306)

FRN 431 Periods and Genres of French Literature

Is a flexible course, the contents of which will vary from one semester to another. Study will focus on either a single literary period (Middle Ages, Renaissance, etc.) or a particular genre (lyric poetry, the novel, etc.). Lectures, readings, discussions, and a term paper in French are required. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from when previously taken.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent plus one course above FRN 202 (other than FRN 306)

FRN 432 Modern Catholic Writers

Is a survey of the literature of significant Catholic authors (from the late 19th century through the present) whose works are significantly informed by their religious faith including Bloy, Péguy, Jammes, Claudel, Mauriac, Bernanos, Green, and Cesbron. Lectures and discussions will be conducted in English, with readings in French for French majors, in English for non-majors.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

(applies to French Majors only): FRN 201- FRN 202 or equivalent plus one course above FRN 202 (other than FRN 306)

FRN 434 Thesis

Uses guided readings and research to result in a dissertation. Projects for independent study may be of a literary or linguistic nature or may deal with some aspect of French culture. To be selected in consultation with the head of the department.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

Permission

FRN 435 Coordinating Seminar

Uses selected readings, research, reports, and discussions of specific authors, genres, or trends in French literature. A recommended course for students planning to enter graduate school.

Credits
1

Prerequisites

Permission