Courses of Instruction in French

 

French Major Requirements
French Minor Requirements
French Teaching Minor Requirements

 

FRE 101 - Elementary French I


An introduction to the language with emphasis on understanding, speaking, and reading, complemented by taped materials available in the language laboratory. Not for credit for students with prior college French or more than two semesters of high school French. Offered fall, winter and spring semesters.

Credits: 4

 

FRE 102 - Elementary French II


Continuation of FRE 101. Students may not receive credit for both FRE 150 and FRE 102. Required independent lab work assigned by instructor. Offered fall, winter and summer semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 101, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.

Credits: 4

 

FRE 150 - Intensive Elementary French


One semester review of elementary French for students with prior study but who are not adequately prepared for 200-level courses. Covers the same material as FRE 101 and FRE 102. Not open to students with credit in FRE 101, FRE 102 or their equivalent. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: appropriate high school background or placement test score.

Credits: 4

 

FRE 180 - Special Topics in French


Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 100-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs.
Offered on sufficient demand.

Credits: 1 to 4

 

FRE 201 - Intermediate French I


Continuation of FRE 102 or FRE 150. Offered fall, winter and spring semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 102 or FRE 150, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.

Credits: 4

 

FRE 202 - Intermediate French II


Study of written language through readings from modern authors, continued practice in listening and speaking, review of grammar. Fulfills World Perspective requirement. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 201, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.

Credits: 4

 

FRE 280 - Special Topics in French


Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 200-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. No more than four credits can be applied to the minor or major. Offered on sufficient demand. Prerequisites: FRE 201.

Credits: 1 to 6


FRE 300 - Survey of French Literature I


A survey of French literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Offered winter semester in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 301 - Introduction to Literature


Students read entire literary texts and poetry. They are introduced to the analysis of literary texts, and to literary translation. By close reading and study, students develop the confidence and competence needed to pursue further study of literature in French. FRE 301 must be taken before any other literature course in French. A French core curriculum course required for advanced study. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 202 or permission of instructor and C (not C-) or better in FRE 306.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 302 - Survey of French Literature II


A survey of French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Offered winter semester in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum course, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 303 - Survey of French Literature III


A survey of French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Required independent lab work assigned by instructor. Offered fall semester in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 304 - French Conversation


Extensive practice in oral communication. Offered fall, winter and spring semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 202 or permission of instructor. A French core curriculum course required for advanced study.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 305 - French Phonetics


Intensive study of the basic principles of French phonetics with the emphasis on improving pronunciation and aural comprehension. Introduction to principles of French pronunciation, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and phonetic transcription. Intensive exposure to French through a variety of media, including the language laboratory, and practice with each major phoneme. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 202, and one other course at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 306 - French Composition


Extensive practice in written composition. Review of the finer points of grammar and study of stylistic techniques through an analysis of excerpts from French literature. A French core curriculum course required for advanced study. Offered fall, winter, and spring semesters; and offered spring/summer on sufficient demand. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 202.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 307 - Advanced French Grammar


Detailed study of French grammar with a focus on areas of difficulty for speakers of English. Extensive written and in-class oral practice. Course is designed to help students expand their French skills to a level appropriate for third- and fourth-year reading and writing courses. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 202, or permission of instructor. A French core curriculum course required for advanced study.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 308 - French History and Civilization


A study of the main themes of French civilization and culture with their implications for contemporary France and their literary manifestations. Taught in French. Offered fall semester even-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 310 - Contemporary France


French civilization and culture as seen through books, periodicals, and films; discussion of current events. Offered winter semester odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 312 - Francophone Civilization


The study of aspects of French and Francophone culture. 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. Offered fall semester odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 314 - Secondary Foreign Language Teaching Methods


Provides prospective French and German high-school teachers with an introduction to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of language teaching pedagogy. Students will also observe language teachers in local high schools. Offered winter semester.

Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 350 - Business French


Study of the economy and business practices in France. The French language as used in business, cultural differences, new technologies. Conducted in French. Credit toward French minor, and for civilization track. Offered fall semester in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in FRE 202 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 355 - Introduction to French Linguistics


An introduction to general linguistics through the French language. Phonology, sociolinguistics and dialectology, applied linguistics, bilingualism and language contact. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307, and FRE 305, or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 380 - Special Topics in French


Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 300-level courses. May be repeated for credit. Offered on sufficient demand. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 1 to 6

 

FRE 385 - French Language


Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 386 - French Culture


Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 410 - Medieval or Renaissance French Literature


Course focus alternates. Study of representative French medieval works. Readings include poetry, courtly literature, fables, farces, and theatre. The Renaissance course explores historical and cultural topics and their impact on 16th century literatures. May not be repeated for credit. Offered fall semester even-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 and C (not C-) or better in FRE 300, or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 412 - French Literature of the 17th or 18th Century


Course focus alternates. 17th: Classical literature in social context. Social mobility, court/city rivalry, the female condition, education, social distinction. 18th: Writers whose ideas and militant prose provoked the intellectual and social ferment leading to the French Revolution. Criticism of the monarchy, the social order, education and civilization. May not be repeated for credit. Offered fall semester in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307, and C (not C-) or better in FRE 302, or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 414 - French Literature of the 19th Century


Study of drama, criticism, poetry, and the novel of the 19th century. Offered winter semester in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307) and C (not C-) or better in FRE 303, or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 416 - French Literature of the 20th Century


Study of contemporary literature with representative works in prose, poetry, drama, and scenarios. Offered winter semester in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307, and C (not C-) or better in FRE 303, or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

FRE 480 - Special Topics in French


Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 400-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 1 to 4

 

FRE 495 - Advanced Topics in French (Capstone)


Content varies according to the instructor: French studies in Literature, Linguistics, or Civilization. The capstone course connects the different fields of specialization by providing a forum with invited guests, who will complement the current instructor’s perspective. All presentations and papers will be geared toward the students’ chosen track. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: C (not C-) or better in core curriculum courses, FRE 301, FRE 304, FRE 306 and FRE 307, or permission of instructor, and senior standing.

Credits: 3

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