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French (FRENCH) Courses

Lower-Division

FRENCH 101 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I (4-1-4)(F)(DLL). Develops beginning abilities in all four language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Offers basic study of grammatical structures and vocabulary in a communicative context. Introduces students to Francophone cultures.

FRENCH 102 ELEMENTARY FRENCH II (4-1-4)(S)(DLL). Continues to develop beginning abilities in all four language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Offers basic study of grammatical structures and vocabulary in a communicative context. Introduces students to Francophone cultures. PREREQ: FRENCH 101 or equivalent as determined by placement exam.

FRENCH 201 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I (3-1-3)(F)(DLL). Further development of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Intensive review of fundamentals of structure and vocabulary in a communicative context. Topics for conversation focus on Francophone cultures. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 102 or equivalent as determined by placement exam or PERM/INST.

FRENCH 202 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II (3-1-3)(S)(DLL). Further development of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Intensive review of fundamentals of structure and vocabulary in a communicative context. Topics for conversation focus on Francophone cultures. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 201 or equivalent as determined by placement exam or PERM/INST.

FRENCH 203 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH CONVERSATION (2-0-2)(F). Cultural readings from various disciplines and from a wide range of sources will serve as the point of departure for conversation and discussion as well as further refinement of linguistic skills. May be repeated once for credit. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 102 or equivalent or PERM/INST.

Upper-Division

FRENCH 303 ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION (3-0-3)(F)(CID). Expands ability in all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening with special emphasis on accuracy in the formal registers of spoken and written French. Offers analysis of grammar and expansion of vocabulary through cultural readings. Discussion of topics related to contemporary French and Francophone trends. Includes frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: ENGL 102, FRENCH 202 and FRENCH 203 or PERM/INST.

FRENCH 304 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE LITERATURES (3-0-3)(S). Develops and expands composition and conversation skills through the use of literary terms and forms in French. A broad introductory course for students wishing to concentrate in culture and literature and for those students who will be teaching at any level. Includes frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 202 and FRENCH 203 or PERM/INST.

FRENCH 307 FRENCH FOR BUSINESS (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduction to the terminology and etiquette of business practice in the French-speaking world. Emphasis on appropriate vocabulary and structures for business letters and other forms of communication, including telephone, fax and e-mail. Simulation of a commercial enterprise from beginning to end: creation, location, legal aspects, hiring, contracts, preparing resumes, etc. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 202 and FRENCH 203 or PERM/INST.

FRENCH 376 FRENCH CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION (3-0-3)(F). Overview of various aspects of French culture, including geography, history, social structure, art, music, and science. Includes readings, discussions, and frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 202 and FRENCH 203 or PERM/INST.

FRENCH 404 SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F). A global survey of the forms and genres of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Analysis of literary texts and their socio-historical circumstances. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 304.

FRENCH 412 ADVANCED FRENCH GRAMMAR AND PRONUNCIATION (3-0-3)(S). An intensive study of the formal written and spoken registers of French. Addresses the subtleties of French phonology, morphology and syntax. Also develops awareness of and sensitivity to the variety of spoken and written registers of French. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 303.

FRENCH 420 TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A focused study of French literature organized around a historical period, a genre, a movement, an author, or a theme. Topics will vary each time the course is taught. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. May be repeated once for credit with PERM/INST. PREREQ: FRENCH 304.

FRENCH 430 TOPICS IN FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A focused study of the literature of a Francophone region: North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, Quebec. The course will be organized around a historical period, a genre, a movement, an author, or a theme. Topics will vary each time the course is taught. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. May be repeated once for credit with PERM/INST. PREREQ: FRENCH 304.

FRENCH 475 FRANCE TODAY (3-0-3)(S). An analysis of contemporary problems and events in France. Readings and discussion will be interdisciplinary, drawing from social, economic, political, educational, artistic, and scientific sources. Emphasizes the comparative study of French and American customs and viewpoints in their socio-historical contexts. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 303.

FRENCH 485 THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD TODAY (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Topics in contemporary Francophone cultures, including recent historical background, and developments in society, literature, cinema, and politics. Content will rotate to cover various Francophone regions, including 1) Quebec, 2) North Africa, and 3) West Africa and the Caribbean. Course conducted in French. May be repeated once for credit with PERM/INST. PREREQ: FRENCH 303.

FRENCH 490 TOPICS IN FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE CINEMA (3-2-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). An advanced culture course using films from French and Francophone cultures for further refinement of linguistic and analytical skills. Topics will vary each time the course is taught. Film lab required. Readings will include critical articles on the films and/or literary texts from which films were adapted. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in French. May be repeated once for credit with PERM/INST. PREREQ: FRENCH 304.

FRENCH 498 SENIOR SEMINAR (3-0-3)(S)(FF). A capstone, exit requirement course. Topic chosen by instructor on a rotating basis such as literary, linguistic, and/or social and historical subject matter. Demonstrate proficiency in the written, spoken, and cultural codes of French by means of a research paper and an expanded oral presentation on the topic of the paper. Course includes an exit oral proficiency interview. Course conducted in French. PREREQ: FRENCH 304 or PERM/INST. COREQ: FORLNG 498.

French Programs