In this page you will find course descriptions and other information regarding our French courses at the beginner (100 to 300), intermediate (500) and advanced (600 and 700) levels to help you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for you.
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Beginner courses (FREN 101 through 301) are offered in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters both online and in person. See below for descriptions, contact Dr. Antonioli if you have placement questions, and check the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 schedules for days/times.
FREN 101 - French 1: Designed for students with no prior French language experience, or less than one year of prior language study. Students will develop basic language skills and cultural awareness to discuss daily habits, personal information, and communicate in simple everyday situations in French-speaking communities. Conducted in French through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
French 102 - French 2: Continuation of French I. Designed for students with one semester of college French or 1-2 years of high school French. Students will build on basic language skills and cultural awareness to relatepersonal experiences, give recommendations, andinteract in uncomplicated situations in French-speaking communities. Conducted in French through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
FREN 103 - Accelerated French 1 and 2: Covers the material of French 101 and 102 in an accelerated one-semester course. Designed for motivated beginners, students with knowledge of another language, or students with 1-2 years of prior language study who want a review of basic concepts. Students will develop basic language skills and cultural awareness to discuss daily habits, personal information, and communicate in simple everyday situations in French-speaking communities. Conducted in French through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
FREN 300 - French 3: Continuation of French 102. Designed for students with two semesters of college French or 2-4 years of high school French. Enhances skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing to express themselves creatively in French in straightforward social situations. Students engage with and analyze a variety of content including films and short stories. Conducted in French.
French 301 - French 4: Continuation of French 300. Designed for students with three semesters of college French or 3-5 years of high school French. Overall review of grammatical forms and development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in cultural contexts. Conducted in French.
Courses at the 500 level comprise our intermediate courses. All count toward the French Major or Minor and many toward some basic requirements for BA and BS degrees (e.g.: Foreign Language requirements, Western Heritage, Literary/Rhetorical Arts).
See below for course descriptions and check the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 schedules for days/times.
|Summer 2023||Fall 2023|
|FREN 501 - Readings in French|
Introduction to reading French in a variety of genres including fiction, journalism, graphic novel, poetry, and more.
|FREN 503 - Composition and Grammar|
Develop French writing skills in a variety of genres. This course focuses on grammatical concepts useful for refining your French writing, and for improving your French writing overall.
FREN 512 - French and Francophone Cinema
Discover French and Francophone cinema from the earliest experiments with the Lumiere brothers until modern masterpieces of cinema.
|FREN 514 - Contemporary France|
Encounter the cultures of the French speaking world today—from France to Morocco, Senegal to Louisiana, Canada, the Carribean, and more.
FREN 515 - history of French Culture
Overview of topics in French culture from the medieval period to the present time. May include history, art, architecture, culture, and more.
FREN 517 - Business French
Learn about the business cultures of the French speaking world while also sharpening your skills in French speaking and writing. Learn grammar and vocabulary related to the French-language business world. Appropriate for students who have completed French 4 or equivalent, or who are currently enrolled in French 4. In French.
|FREN 518 - French Conversation|
Improve your spoken French through dedicated practice. Focus on real-life speaking situations, while also gaining knowledge of French culture. Prepare to study or travel in France or the Francophone world! Become a fun French party guest!
FREN 520 - Introduction to French Literature (19th C. to present)
Discover French literature from 1800-present in a variety of genres, including poetry, prose, theater, and film.
FREN 521 - Introduction to French Literature (Medieval to 18th Century)
Discover French literature from the medieval period through the French revolution.
FREN 530 - Topics in French / Francophone Literature and Culture
This course may include a variety of special topics in French or Francophone literature or culture. Past topics include: Paris 1913, Occupied France, Introduction to Francophone Literature, a Francophone Witch in Salem, Senegalese Letters, the French Revolution, French Children's Literature.
Most 700-level French courses have variable topics, meaning each semester the course may be different! See below some of the themes discussed in these courses. NOTE: Students should have completed at least two 500-level French courses prior to taking 700-level courses. In Fall 2023, we are offering FREN 716 and FREN 719.