Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

French Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. All majors must place at the advanced level on the world language placement test, or complete FREN-201–202 in order to begin the 30 hours of advanced work required in the major. Twenty-four hours of advanced work must be taken on campus. The remaining 6 credits may include study abroad courses. Consists of 30–36 hours, depending on placement: FREN-201 and FREN-202 or placement at the advanced level.

Both of the following :

FREN-310 Advanced Grammar and Composition

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Study and analysis of advanced grammatical structures, translation exercises and composition work. Prerequisites: FREN-202 or permission of instructor

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FREN-315 Special Topics in Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Provides the tools to develop and enhance students' writing skills. Focuses on the skills involved in writing in a second language. Through a variety of writing techniques and reading material, such as newspaper and magazine articles, essays, among others, students broaden their vocabulary and learn how to write creatively and critically. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered. Prerequisites: FREN-202 or permission of the instructor

One of the following :

FREN-320 Advanced Conversation & Diction

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Expansion of listening and speaking skills. A study of French phonetics to improve pronunciation skills. Emphasis on development of oral communication skills sufficient to discuss complex issues and express abstract ideas. Prerequisite: FREN-202 or permission of instructor

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FREN-325 Art of Conversation

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Reinforces more advanced syntactical structures of the language. Further develops these and vocabulary through expository, persuasive, argumentative and debate style speaking. Prerequisite: FREN-202 or permission of instructor

One of the following :

FREN-340 French Culture and Civilization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to French culture and its Revolution. Emphasis is on the intellectual, artistic, political, social, economic, and educational factors. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350; and FREN-202 or permission of instructor FILA general education: world cultures

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FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to French culture and its historical development after the Fall of the Ancient Regime and a study of modern-day France, including geography, and consideration of intellectual, artistic, political, social, economic and educational factors. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350; and FREN-202 or permission of instructor FILA general education: world cultures

One of the following :

FREN-401W Survey of French Literature I

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Representative French authors from the Middle through the 18th-century including social and historical background. Taught in French. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG-110 and FREN 202 or permission of instructor FILA general education: literature and writing intensive

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FREN-402W Survey of French Literature II

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Representative French authors from the 19th and 20th centuries. Social and historical background is included. Taught in French. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG-110 and FREN 202 or permission of instructor FILA general education: literature and writing intensive

One of the following :

FREN-403W Survey of Francophone Literature

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Writings of representative Francophone authors (African, Caribbean, Quebecois), primarily of short stories, poetry and plays. Taught in French. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG-110 and FREN 202 or permission of instructor FILA general education: literature and writing intensive

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FREN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Study of contemporary topics and world issues related to the cultures of the French-speaking world. Explores political, social and economic structures through literature, film, the visual arts and/or music. Taught in English. Credit available for French majors and minors upon completion of a French language component. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

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FREN-308 Francophone Cultural Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Travel course requiring immersion homestay and language courses. Covers themes of Francophone Caribbean societies and cultures within their social and political contexts. Includes excursions to several different islands to gain a greater awareness of the varied societies within these regional contexts.

And 6 credits of electives from FREN courses numbered 300 or above; plus 6 additional credits from study abroad or other French-language experience at the advanced level.