Courses by Semester

French Language Courses

All students must take a French course for the semester at the appropriate level
PARI 101: Intensive Elementary French (equivalent to French 101 at Trinity)
Offered fall and spring
1.50 credits, Lecture, Godin
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Humanities, Second Language
Designed to develop a basic ability to read, write, understand and speak French. Emphasis will be placed on ability to speak, while continually broadening students' knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, French and Francophone culture and current events. For students who have had some background, this course will emphasize oral practice; consolidate basic grammar skills and ability to read short texts. It will also introduce the ability to write short compositions.  There are four hours of class per week.
PARI 102: Intensive Elementary French (equivalent to French 102 at Trinity)
Offered fall and spring
1.50 credits, Lecture, Godin
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Humanities, Second Language
Paris 102 is a continuation of Paris 101, designed to help students develop a basic ability to read, write, understand and speak French. French 102 extends and reinforces the basic structures and skills learned in French 101, while continually broadening students' knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, French and Francophone culture and current events. There are four hours of class per week.
PARI 201:  Intermediate French (equivalent to French 201)
Offered fall and spring
1.0 credit, Lecture, Godin/Seder
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Humanities
Review of basic grammatical concepts and development of fundamental language skills with increasing emphasis on written expression and spoken accuracy, while continually broadening students' knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, French and Francophone culture and current events.
PARI 202:  Intermediate French (equivalent to French 202)
Offered fall and spring
1.0 credit, Lecture, Seder
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Humanities
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. There are three hours of class work per week, while continually broadening students' knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, French and Francophone culture and current events.
PARI 301: French for Advanced Students
Offered fall and spring, equivalent to FREN 241
1.0    credit, Lecture, Godin
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Humanities, French major and minor, pre-requisite for FREN 251 and 252
Pre-requisite: FREN 202 or higher.  Development of a high level of proficiency through the reading and analysis of contemporary texts and film in idiomatic French, with considerable emphasis on attainment of grammatical accuracy.
PARI 302: French Language and Culture: Paris Theatre Literature & Performance   
Offered Fall and spring
1.0    credit, Lecture, Verpraet
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Humanities, French Studies Minor
Students will read and discuss French plays of various periods and attend theatrical performances of the plays they have studied. Students will do additional research and writing at the seminar level. This course counts for major credit in Modern Languages and Theater and fulfills the college’s general distribution requirement in the humanities.
PARI 303: Paris Tales
 1.0    credit, Lecture,  Degeneve​
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Humanities, French Studies Minor
The course “Paris Tales” aims to familiarize students with a variety of literary texts in French that are relevant to the urban experience in Paris. The course will feature the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Authors will include familiar names such as Balzac, Zola, Flaubert but also contemporary writers such as Perec and Nobel prize winner Modiano.


Humanities Courses

Taught in English unless otherwise indicated:

PARI 209: A Cultural History of Paris Through Literature, 1700-1950
1.0 credit, Lecture, Schott
Fulfills following requirements: Global, English 200-level cultural context
From eighteenth-century coffee houses and literary salons to Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare & Company, Paris has been rich in attractions for aspiring and accomplished writers.  Yet, as much as literature was influenced by the city, the history of Paris has been shaped by authors from all over the globe, and its literary treatment as the City of Lights, metropolis, capital of progress, and lovers refuge continues to determine our conceptions of Paris.

This course studies the history of the city and the history of literature in the heyday of French power, from the Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century.  It pays particular attention to how Parisian authors looked at the city and at how the Parisian experience allowed foreigners – especially Americans – to reconceive of what they left behind.  Key authors include Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Dumas, Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Zola, James, Hemingway, and Baldwin.

 PARI 221: Modern European History and Politics
The course is available at the 300 level (Paris 321) for History major credit.
1.0 credit, Lecture, Zagrodzski
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Social Sciences, History 300 major credit (as Paris 321) with permission of the Chair of the Department of History, French Studies minor
The purpose of this course is to give a global description of Modern European History toward enabling students to understand contemporary events in Europe and the part the EU plays in regard to the United States. The course will consider the historical sources of the common heritage of the European nations in their concepts of confederation and federation and the tensions created by ideologies such as liberalism, nationalism and socialism that led to divisive world wars and economic depressions. Against this historical backdrop, the course will concentrate on current issues related to the EU: its definition and functioning, the building of its institutions, its economy, and the debates raised by treaties and enlargement.  Students in this course will attend the lectures and go on the site visits and will receive additional instruction and do readings in advanced issues of contemporary European history and politics. Students will write seminar papers and fulfill all of the requirements of advanced course work required by their home departments.  Student taking Paris 321 must be Political Science or History majors.
PARI 237: Understanding Contemporary PARIS: Urban and Global Processes
1.0 credit, Lecture, Biotteau
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Urban Studies Major or Minor, French Studies minor, Urban Studies
The course aims at providing a general overview of urban sociology; an introduction to core notions such as urban economics, segregation, ethnicity, stratification, crime, urban riots, local social policy, and urban politics.  In addition, the class will systematically compare US and French perspectives on the same issues. Field trips in Paris will be organized to train students to match concepts and theories with everyday experience.
PARI 252: Paris through its Art and Architecture: French Revolution - Surrealism
1.0    credit, Lecture, Slavkova
Fulfills following requirements: Global,  Art, 17th/18th /19th Cent. Art History Major, French Studies minor, Urban Studies
Encompassing the period between the French Revolution in 1789 to the outbreak of the Second World War, that is from neoclassicism to surrealism, this course introduces students to the major artists and the main aesthetic trends in the field of painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts in the modern period. Site specific, the lecture will concentrate on the artists who worked and on the events which took place in Paris. The goal is to understand why Paris was the art capital throughout the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century and how the atmosphere of the French capital contributed to the development of the ground breaking ideas of the avant-garde, attracting artists from all over the world.

PARI 285: A City in Focus: Photographing Paris
1.0    credit, Lecture, Levinthal
Fulfills following requirements: Global, French Major Plan A, French Studies Minor

This new course will introduce the students to the semiotics of photography, (the codes according to which one can analyze and compose a photograph), and study its technical aspects. Students will examine representations of Paris by major photographers and visit museums and galleries. At the same time students will express their own vision of Paris through photography and the production of a portfolio. Students' photos will be presented in a class exhibition on Trinity campus and on the Trinity in Paris website.
PARI 289:   Drawing Paris: Carnet de Voyage
1.0    credit , Mariscal
Fulfills following requirements: Art History requirement in Studio Art. Not eligible for Studio Art major or minor credit
In this Studio Arts course taught in Paris, students will create a Carnet de Voyage (Travel Journal). They will work with traditional media (pencils, watercolors, pastels) on their journal, following the traditions of nineteenth-century artists. The journal must accompany the students not only in class, but also on their program trips and explorations of the city. Students will begin from observing, first, the structure of the Paris and then their experience living in France. The goal is for students living in a world flooded by computers and digital images to observe and draw, learning from the senses: observing, smelling, touching, hearing, tasting and describing the city of Paris. Special emphasis will be focused on drawing after works of art in museums, especially of sculptures or details of architecture in the streets. Drawing from nature is also encouraged.
Following the example of nineteenth-century artists, we will enrich our Carnet de Voyage by experimenting with other medium. In the studio, students will work from their journal to make larger drawings or paintings. They will learn how to use each technique.
PARI 299C:   Choir with the Paris Choral Society (
Practicum: Musical Participation. Open only to students with Choral background
 0.25 units, Independent Study 
PARI 325:   French and European Politics
1.0    credit, Lecture, Zagrodzki
Fulfills following requirements: Global, Political Science comparative politics 300-level
It is hard to think of a more different country from the USA within the Western Democratic world than France. Centralization vs. federalism, multiparty system vs. bipolar party system, regulated vs. deregulated political campaigns.  Everything seems to distinguish French politics and public policies from their American counterparts.
This class will focus on numerous issues related to French political life, using a comparative approach with the United States: political structure, elections, parties, local powers, political sociology, and public opinion.
PARI 328: Franklin, Jefferson and Adams: The Founding Fathers in Paris 1776-1789
1.0    credit, Lecture, Slavkova
Fulfills following requirements: Global, History 300 major credit with permission of the Chair of the Department of History, American Studies Major as a 300-level course, French Studies minor, Public Policy as a 300 level
Three of America’s founding fathers: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived in France in the decade marked by the Declaration of Independence and the fall of the Bastille (1776 until 1789). All three men were ‘foreigners’ in France, symbols of the New World; they both created and reflected the notion of ‘Americans in Paris.’ At the same time, the exceptional intellectual character of the Founding Fathers contributed to the political revolutions that gave birth to the sister republics of France and America. This course will examine careers of Franklin, Jefferson and Adams at the court of Versailles. The fundamental role of the Marquis de Lafayette in French and American history will be examined. The course will include visits to several museums of eighteenth century France (Musée Carnavalet, Cognac Jay) and walking tours of the city that  follow the footsteps of the eighteenth century Americans in Paris.

Direct Enrollment Options

In addition to Trinity in Paris-taught courses in French language, humanities and other disciplines, Trinity in Paris students have the option of enrolling directly in a French university:

For students who would like to take a course in the social sciences or humanities, courses are offered in English in the following areas:
•    International relations
•    Political Science
•    British and American literature
•    History
•    Education
•    History of French Cinema
•    French Literature in Translation
French  Immersion Option
Students who are proficient in French (with greater than 2 ½ years of College level French or completed 241) may take 1-2 courses at the ICP in French.  Courses are offered in French in the following areas:
•    Education 
•    History
•    International Relations
•    Philosophy
•    Political Science
•    Sociology
•    Humanities
•    Theology
The ILCF is a part of the ICP and is dedicated to non-French students, offering courses in both French and English in the following areas:
•    French language
•    French culture
•    History of French Cinema
•    Best of French Literature (French literature survey course)