FREN – 101. First Semester French (4)
elementary French course. Accent on listening, speaking, reading and writing
skills at the beginner’s level.
FREN – 102. Second Semester French (4)
FREN 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test.
Continuation of First Semester French.
FREN - 201. Third Semester French (4)
FREN - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test. Review
of grammar. Accent on developing listening, speaking, reading, and stress on
FREN - 202. Fourth Semester
FREN - 201 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.
FREN - 195 First Year Seminar: A Season in the Congo: (Offered to First year students only) (4).
has played a privileged role in the Western imagination, whether the terrifying
and exotic "heart of darkness" of early accounts or the subject of
humanitarian efforts in recent times. To counter simplistic images, we
explore the history and culture of the country through a variety of texts
and forms of cultural expression.
CMPL - 195 First Year Seminar: The Beauty of the Beast (Offered to First year students only) (4).
connections to the realm of animals can be of symbolic, symbiotic, and/or
anthropomorphic nature. This semester explores the intricacies of such relationships to understand the moral, social
and political implications of selected works of art and literature. Hence,
their role in society, and the ways in which they impact us as citizens of the
FREN - 250. Africa Films
The diversity of the African continent as seen
through the eyes of its filmmakers. Weekly viewings and discussions are
informed by critical literature on African film and its place in the West and
the developing world. Cross Listed With: MS - 250
FREN - 260. a.k.a. Africa:
Mapping Identities in African Literature and Film (4)
A substantial introduction to the literature and
film of the African continent. Works from five different regions and more than
a dozen countries ranging from traditional folk tales to experimental novels
expose students to the diversity of the continent through its rich literary
FREN - 340. French Cinema and
A comprehensive history of French Cinema and
literature from the turn of the 20th Century to the present. Students read, analyze, compare and contrast literary
and cinematic works of each significant period starting with the invention of
the first camera and the Lumière Brothers' first films to
the different movements that influenced today's film and literary
FREN - 350. Paris-Berlin: Connections
and Contrasts at the Turn of the 20th Century (4)
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. (course is
cross-listed with German minor)
FREN - 300. French Culture and
202 or equivalent. French culture and civilization focuses on the study of
French society from 1851 to the present through cultural phenomena in the
context of major historical, political, and social events.
- 320. Introduction to Textual Analysis (4)
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.
FREN - 322. Introduction to French
Literature 17th and 18th Centuries (4)
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.
324. Introduction to French Literature 19th and 20th Centuries (4)
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.
FREN - 330. Francophone Literature I
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
FREN - 332. Francophone Literature II
An intensive and comprehensive introduction to
the Francophone world excluding Africa (which
is covered in French 330). Texts, DVDs, and artifacts are 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.
FREN - 398. Directed Study (4) (1-4)
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.
FREN - 399.
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.
FREN-440. Seminar: Special Topics in
French Literature and Culture (4)
Conditions of Love: An exploration of the theme of
Love to analyze, compare and contrast its various manifestations as depicted in
selected works of French literature, art and films.
French Culture for Business:
Specializes on cultural knowledge and language skills needed for everyday
situations and business practices in France. Students create a virtual
business of their own. Emphasis on individual research and end of semester
of the Feminine:
examines women portrayed by female and male French authors in literature,
art, and films, which contribute to understanding their changing roles, and
social status from 1850 to the present.
Seminars:Middle-Ages and the Renaissance; 17th
and 18th Centuries; 19th Century; 20th and 21st
Centuries). Study of
major works of French and Francophone literature for a better understanding and
knowledge of French culture and society, with a historical perspective.
FREN-450. Seminar: Special Topics in Francophone
Literature and Culture (4)
and Francophone Women Writers:
Students study a variety of literary texts (poems,
plays, novels, films and documentaries) in light of theoretical texts (or
iconic figures of French feminism such as Hélène Cixous, Julia Kristeva and
Luce Irigaray) to develop an appreciation of the diversity of production by
women authors and filmmakers.
Carte d'Identité /
Mapping French Identity
This course can take various forms. It emphasizes the historical links between
France and its former colonies
as well as its current Overseas Departments and
Territories while it examines the dialogue between the center and the