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100 LEVEL

101. French I

An introductory course teaching beginning communicative skills and enabling the student to develop cultural insights into the French-speaking world. Emphasis is on class participation through authentic video and audio materials, short readings and compositions. Students meet four times per week with the instructor.
Four Credits Hamon-Porter, Staff Fall Semester

102. French II

Further development of basic communicative skills with added emphasis on conversational practice, short readings and compositions. Students meet three times per week with the instructor and once a week in Drill class. Conducted primarily in French. Prerequisite: French I, equivalent, or placement.
Four Credits Hamon-Porter, Staff Both Semesters

200 LEVEL

201. French III

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French Language and Culture — Continuation of French II. This course uses video segments to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and to address contemporary cultural topics such as the family, French college students, employment, leisure activities, and the arts. Students meet three times per week with the instructor and once a week with the French native assistant. Conducted primarily in French. Prerequisite: French II, equivalent, or placement. Four Credits Chapuis-Alvarez, Hamon-Porter, Larsen Both Semesters

For French 201 and every course higher, a grade of C+ or better is required in order to proceed to the next course in the sequence.

250. French IV

Advanced French Language and Culture — Through a grammar review, conversation once a week with the French native assistant, and the study of 19th and 20th century French and Francophone authors such as Rostand, Baudelaire and Gisèle Pineau, students will gain increased communicative competency and knowledge of French culture. Students meet three times per week with the instructor and once a week with the native assistant. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisites: French 201 with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Four Credits Chapuis-Alvarez, Hamon-Porter, Larsen Both Semesters

280. Practicum in French

Practical experience in the French language in various contexts such as teaching French at the elementary level, translating, or using French skills in business. The number of credits granted will be determined by the number of hours involved per week. This course may be repeated for credit, but a maximum of two credits from French 280 may be counted as part of a French major or minor. Prior permission of instructor and chairperson required.
Credits to be Arranged Both Semesters

295. Studies in French Language and Literature

A course designed to allow a professor to teach in an area of special interest and experience. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Four Credits Staff Both Semesters

300 LEVEL

311. French Grammar and Phonetics
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Advanced written and oral drill in idiomatic French, combined with an intensive grammar and phonetics review for greater fluency of expression. Oral-aural work, class discussions, regular laboratory assignments. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 250 with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Four Credits Chapuis-Alvarez Fall Semester

313. French Conversation

Through authentic videos and CDs, articles from French newspapers and magazines, poems, short stories, and French internet sites, students will increase their vocabulary, improve their communicative ability, and review grammar when needed. Topics will include daily life in France, current events, the media, the new technologies, and the environment. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 250 with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent.
Four Credits Chapuis-Alvarez May Term

341. Introduction to French Culture and Society

Introduction to French culture and society from the Middle Ages to the present. Possible topics include the role and accomplishments of past and contemporary French women and the visual arts through the study of architecture and paintings from the era of the Cathedrals to abstract art. Materials are drawn from historical accounts, literary works, and artistic production of the different periods. Documentary videos and films are an integral component of this course. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 250 with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Alternate years, 2007-08.
Four Credits Hamon-Porter Fall Semester

342. French Soc. from the Rev. to the 21st Cent.

A topicsoriented introduction to the intellectual, social, historical, and artistic developments in French society from the 18th to the 21st century. Topics for the course will include one of the following: Paris, Myth and Reality; French Novels and Films. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 250 with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Alternate years, 2008-09. Four Credits Larsen Fall Semester

343. Contemporary France

The theme of the course is contemporary French culture and society. Students will study the social and political institutions in France, and about current cultural practices. We will debate the key problems that challenge French society in the twenty-first century. Materials include documentary videos and films, radio, Web sites, popular music, newspapers, magazines and two short novels.
Prerequisite: French 250 with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent.
Four Credits Hamon-Porter, Larsen Spring Semester

344. French and Francophone Cultures

A study of aspects of Francophone cultures. Topics include language and communication; marriage, the family, and gender roles; immigration and colonization; socio-political institutions; and the arts. Materials are drawn from novels, short stories, plays, newspapers, films, music, and video documentation. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 202 with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Alternate years, 2006-07.
Four Credits Chapuis-Alvarez Spring Semester

380. French House Practicum

A conversation practicum for students who are residing at the French House. Cultural and language-oriented activities will form part of the practicum, directed by the native assistant under an instructor’s supervision. This course may be repeated for credit, but a maximum of one credit may be counted as part of a French major or minor. Prerequisite: French 102 or equivalent.
One-Half Credit Staff Both Semesters

400 LEVEL

441. The Francophone Experience

This topics-oriented course explores francophone literature and culture of French-speaking societies in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Topics for the course will include one of the following: Francophone Literature and Culture of Africa and the Caribbean; The Francophone Experience: From Vietnam to Quebec; Francophone Literature and Culture: Lebanon and the Maghreb. These topics will cover issues such as decolonization, the search for cultural, religious, and linguistic identity; the clash between modernity and tradition; and the situation of women. Readings will be selected from the works of Carrier, Césaire, Chédid, Fanon, Djébar, Condé, Schwartz-Bart, Hébert, Oyono, and Zobel. Prerequisites: two 300-level courses in French with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Alternate years, 2008-09.
Four Credits Hamon-Porter, Larsen

443. Early Modern French Studies

A course on the literary, historical, socio-political, economic, and artistic developments in French society from the Renaissance period to the French Revolution. Topics include on of the following: The Birth of the French Arts de Vivre; Faith and Politics in Early Modern France; Great French Queens, Nuns, Warriors, and Artists from the Renaissance to the 18th Century; Ideas and Censorships in Pre-Revolutionary France. Prerequisites: two 300-level courses in French with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Alternate years, 2007-08.
Four Credits Hamon-Porter, Larsen

444. Contemporary French Cultural Studies

This is a topicsoriented course that explores issues and texts central to twentieth century French culture and literature. Topics include one of the following: Modern French Life Writings; "Voyage, voyage": travel as exploration and inrospection; France and the French: the French "Art de Vivre." The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisites: two 300-level courses in French with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent. Alternate years, 2007-08.
Four Credits Chapuis-Alvarez Spring Semester

490. Special Problems in French

Individual study under the direction of an instructor in one of the following areas: literature, civilization, or language methodology. A maximum of four credits may be counted toward the major. Prerequisites: one 400-level French course with a grade of C+ or better and permission of department chairperson.
Two or Four Credits Staff Both Semesters

493. Senior Research Project

An independent study designed to help students develop advanced research skills and culminating in a thesis or equivalent project. Not
limited to the senior level. Prerequisites: one 400-level French course with a grade of C+ or better and permission of department chairperson.
Three or Four Credits Staff Both Semesters

495. Studies in French Culture

A course designed to allow a professor to teach in an area of special interest and expertise. Prerequisites: two 300-level courses in French with a grade of C+ or better, placement, or equivalent.
Alternate years. Four Credits Staff Fall Semester