French Studies Courses
French 100 combines first and second semesters of Elementary French while offering a smaller class size (16 students), cutting edge language learning technologies, and a small stipend to support outings in the City.
An elementary French course. Accent on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the beginners level. The course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.
Continuation of First Semester French.The course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time. Prerequisite: FREN 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test.
French conversation at the intermediate level. Introduction to French and Francophone culture and society. (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits). Offered every semester.
An interesting introduction to a topic in the field of French or Francophone literature and culture.
Review of grammar. Accent on developing listening, speaking, reading, and stress on conversation. The course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time. Prerequisite: FREN - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test.
An intermediate-level course focusing on developing the elementary reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well as grammar acquired in the first year. In addition, there is an increased focus on cultural knowledge and the inclusion of a full-length work of literature. Prerequisite: FREN - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test.
Required for all Spanish and French conversation tutors. While simultaneously teaching conversation sessions, students will specifically learn how to: identify issues underlying communicative language and task-based teaching,create well designed language learning activities that engage learners in communicative language learning tasks, sequence those tasks, apply appropriate language teaching terminology during class discussions, reflect about themselves as learners and teachers, and participate in intellectual discussions about second language acquisition and foreign language teaching issues. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or SPAN 202 or SPAN 222.
The diversity of the African continent as seen through the eyes of its filmmakers. Weekly viewings and discussions will be informed by critical literature on African film and its place in the West and the developing world.
This course is designed to serve students intending to do internships or gain employment in French-speaking environments or countries. Although fully developing the language skills to function in international institutions takes years, learning the conventions associated with different kinds of communication and expanding your vocabulary in the areas of your specialization (whether it is politics, commerce, human rights, cultural diplomacy) can facilitate your assimilation once you find yourself immersed in that kind of environment.
A substantial introduction to the literature and flim of the African continent. Works from five different regions and more than a dozen countries ranging from traditional folk talkes to experimental novels will expose students to the diversity of the continent through its rich literary heritage.
What can we learn from rebellious figures, those men and women who refuse to live by the rules? Meet some of France’s celebrated “unruly children,” explore their creative contributions to contemporary French culture, and brush up on your colloquial French. Prerequisite: FREN 202
Cultures de France focuses on the study of French society from 1851 to the present. In this course, students will study cultural phenomena in the context of major historical, political, and social events. Prerequisite: FREN - 202 or equivalent.
This course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the subtleties of the French language. They will develop their vocabulary, grammatical sophistication, and reading proficiency.
This course offers a study of cultural currents that have made Paris a global metropolis. It invites students to explore diverse facets of Parisian life and encourages them to look at French culture through their own experience and artistic sensitivity.
An introduction to reading and analyzing literary works, with special emphasis on the acquisition of critical vocabulary through readings in major genres (poems, plays, novels) and multiple writing assignments.
An introduction to the major literary currents of the 17th and 18th centuries, to the historical events that helped shape them, and to other cultural manifestations associated with them.
An introduction to the major literary currents of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries to the historical events that helped shape them, and to other cultural manifestations associated with them.
An intensive and comprehensive introduction to the literature and culture of the almost thirty French speaking countries of Africa through representative texts produced in three very culturally diverse regions: North, West and Central Africa.
An intensive and comprehensive introduction to the Francophone world excluding Africa (which is covered in French 330). Texts, DVDs, and artifacts will be used as the basis for an exploration of the literary, cinematic and popular production, and the cultural and linguistic specificity of French-speaking groups in North America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
A comprehensive history of French Cinema and literature from the turn of the 20th Century to the present. Students will read, analyze, compare and contrast literary and cinematic works of each significant period starting with the invention of the first camera and the Lumiere's Brothers' first films to the different movements that influenced today's film and literary productions. Taught in English.
The course explores the many cultural exchanges between France and Germany from the late 1800s to the early decades of the 20th century. In this period, Paris and Berlin were centers of artistic productions. The new perspectives in literature, art, architecture, and film of this period and their integration with social and political developments are focal points. The foundation is Nietzsche's manifesto of personal self-overcoming.
Individual project on various topics of French and Francophone studies to be determined with the instructor. Written permission of the department chair and the dean is required. Offered every semester at the upper-division level only to help students complete their requirements for the major or the minor.
Internship in French companies (businesses or financial institutions), or French government agencies (Consulate, Chamber of Commerce). Written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean is required.
Examples of courses: Images du féminin; Conditions de l'amour; Culture des affaires.
Examples of courses: Carte d'identité; Migrations; L'Algérie française, la France algérienne.