Course Descriptions

FREN 101:Intensive Elementary French I

Designed to develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak French. Since all linguistic skills cannot be fully developed in 101 alone, stress will be placed on the acquisition of basic structures, which it will be the function of 102 to develop and reinforce. Students who wish to acquire significant proficiency should therefore plan to take both 101 and 102 in sequence. Four hours of class work, plus one required drill hour. Other than beginning students must have the explicit permission of the instructor.
1.50 units, Lecture
 

FREN 102: Intensive Elementary French II

Continuation of 101, emphasizing oral practice, consolidation of basic grammar skills, compositions and reading comprehension. Four hours of class work, plus one required drill hour.
1.50 units, Lecture
 

FREN 201: Intermediate French I

Review of basic grammatical concepts and development of fundamental language skills, with increasing emphasis on written expression and spoken accuracy. Use is made of video-based presentations. Since significant linguistic progress cannot be achieved in 201 alone, students wishing to acquire proficiency should plan to take both 201 and 202 in sequence.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 202: Intermediate French II

Further reinforcement of written and spoken skills, with continuing practice in the use of complex grammatical structures and greater emphasis on the mastery of contemporary usage through extensive class discussion, reading, and writing.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 241: Advanced Composition & Style

Development of a high level of proficiency through the reading and analysis of texts and films in contemporary idiomatic French, with considerable emphasis on attainment of grammatical accuracy.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 250: Advanced Language Study

This course is designed to strengthen and develop students’ reading, writing, and translating skills, to facilitate the transition between lower-level language courses and the upper-level study of literature and culture. Readings will focus on the short story as a genre in order to build vocabulary and increase students’ ability to read with ease, as well as to appreciate the literary value of a text. Weekly writing will be assigned on a variety of topics taken from the readings, as well as the students’ own creative writing (essays or short fiction). The translation component of the course will entail passages from the texts read in class, but students will also translate their own creative work. Texts by contemporary writers such as Le Clézio, Assia Djebar, Véronique Tadjo, Philippe Delerm, and others will be used.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 251: French Literature I: From the Middle Ages to Romanticism

This course is designed to introduce the student to the major authors of French literature from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Representative works will be read in chronological order to foster a sense of literary history. Special emphasis will be placed on techniques of literary appreciation. Class conducted entirely in French.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 252: French Literature II: Modern French Literature

This course will be a survey of the major texts of 19th- and 20th-century France. Principles of literary history and literary appreciation will be emphasized.
1.00 units, Lecture
 
FREN 281: Conversational French
This course is designed for students who want to be informed about and keep abreast of current events in France, and who want to develop a high level of oral proficiency in French. We will examine current political, social, historical and educational issues as they appear in French journals, periodicals, reviews and magazines such as "L’Express," "Le Monde," "Le Nouvel Observateur," and others. Students will lead and participate in class discussion through presentations of oral reports on the issues under study. All work will be done orally.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 320: French Cinema

This course is designed to familiarize students with the development and art of the French cinema as seen through its important phases and movements, and in its relationship to modern France. Relevant literary and critical texts will accompany each film. Lectures and coursework will be in English. (Listed both as Modern Languages 320 and French 320.)
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 350: Critical Approaches to Advanced Translation Studies

This course will focus on techniques of translating and interpreting both French and English texts from a variety of fields (e.g., literature, culture, history, the arts, political, social, and natural sciences, cinema, international relations, entertainment). Students will learn how to do bilingual reports, summaries, and oral presentations to increase awareness of linguistic subtleties and communicative possibilities. The course emphasizes the process of translation as both an art and a methodology that sharpens critical thinking and language proficiency skills. It is meant to be of particular use to students wishing to develop high-level French language skills for application in a wide variety of contexts.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 355:  Reading the Streets of Paris

This course focuses on representations of Paris through the eyes of a variety of 19th and 20th-century authors. This course integrates the experience of study abroad and with the analysis of texts that evoke different aspects of urban life. We will begin with a brief history of the city of Paris and specific features of its transformation under Haussmann. Urban icons such as Baudelaire's flâneur, working girls, (grisettes) and ragpickers (chiffonniers) hold an important place in visual and textual representations by the following authors: Charles Baudelaire, Honoré Balzac, Delphine Girardin, George Sand, Jules Verne, Walter Benjamin, André Breton and Colette.We begin with texts by Baudelaire to understand the concept of the flâneur. This becomes an important and uniquely urban phenomenon in 19th-century French culture. The flâneur implies either bohemian or bourgeois social status; however we also analyze texts about women navigating the city, and ragpickers (chiffonniers) who are immortalized in the poetry of Baudelaire and photographs of Atget. Authors include: Charles Baudelaire, Honoré Balzac, Céleste Mogador, George Sand, Jules Verne, Walter Benjamin, Louis Aragon, and Colette. Prerequisite: C- or better in French 251 or 252, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Lecture
 

FREN 399: Independent Study

Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
 

FREN 401: Senior Seminar: Special Topics

This seminar is required of all seniors majoring or minoring in French: Plan A, Plan B (French as primary language), and French Studies minor. Over the term, students will work collaboratively on the various papers they are writing by way of integrating exercises in their major or minor, and the whole class will undertake a number of readings in common in order to provide informed criticism of one another’s papers. Depending on enrollment, the class may also spend part of the semester considering a special topic, author or genre in French Studies.
1.00 units, Seminar
 

FREN 460: Tutorial

Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
1.00 units, Independent Study
 

FREN 466: Teaching Assistantship

Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study